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Anand Chauhan

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28 Sep 2015, 04:02

I have been doing research on SAM and the role of RUTF since past few months.

I spoke with members from Unicef and they mentioned that their focus will be on procuring RUTF from local manufactures and would be happy to see new facilities being developed in Africa.

I have few queries and I would appreciate feedback on them.

1. What's the feasibility on setting up an operations in Africa and which country among this would be ideal for setting up facilities considering the availability of raw materials and access to imported ingredients.

2. Are there any assistance offered by govt. agencies or other funding institutes to help setup this facility ?

3. There are companies such as Nutriset, MANA, Valid Nutrition etc who have been successfully implementing such projects around the world. Can we collaborate with them for setting up operations ?

4. Will this be a self-sustainable project once it is up and running ? Just want to make sure that I can create a sustainable project that can help with local employment, local procurement and can provide long term benefits to local communities.

I look forward to hear from you.

Regards,
Anand

Alison Fleet

Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF

Normal user

28 Sep 2015, 18:01

Dear Anand,
To initiate a sustainable project that creates local employment, local procurement and long term benefits to the community is an idealistic endeavor when referring to RUTF. The nature of the RUTF supply environment is reliant on sporadic donor funding and /or emergencies leading to peaks and troughs in orders which are difficult to predict and hard for a business to endure. Many local producers cannot compete with international prices, making winning bids for business challenging.
I would be happy to provide some further information to you offline.

Paul Murphy

Valid Nutrition

Normal user

29 Sep 2015, 06:46

Dear Anand,

Valid Nutrition would be happy to respond to your questions. Please contact me by email at: ciaraobrien@validnutrition.org

I look forward to hearing from you.

Anand Chauhan

Normal user

29 Sep 2015, 09:06

Alison and Paul,

Thank you very much for coming forward to share your knowledge and expertise on this subject.

I will write to and take it forward from there.

Regards,
Anand Chauhan

Anonymous 81

Public Health Nutritionist

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29 Sep 2015, 14:33

Dear Paul, Valid
I think one of the objectives of this forum is just to learn from experts and sharing of experience. so, I was wondering if you respond your feedback in this forum so that more people can benefit. Of course, for specific issue, people can communicate bilaterally.

CMAM Forum, Nicky Dent

CMAM Forum

Normal user

1 Oct 2015, 10:00

Hi
Last year the CMAM Forum (www.cmamforum.org) commissioned a technical brief on the subject of “local” production. This includes case studies from Valid Nutrition in Malawi and Samil Industrial Co in Sudan and may provide some useful background information. It was extensively reviewed by a number of actors involved in production as listed in the acknowledgements so hopefully incorporates different information sources and viewpoints. The technical brief is available in English and French and a brief summary and links are listed below.
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Duclercq M. Production of Ready-to-Use Food (RUF): an overview of the steps and challenges involved in the “local” production of RUF. CMAM Forum Technical Brief Dec 2014.
http://www.cmamforum.org/Pool/Resources/Local-production-RUF-Overview-steps-and-challenges-CMAM-Forum-Dec-2014.pdf
This technical brief provides an overview of “local production of Ready-to-Use Food (RUF),” where "local" is taken to refer to the manufacturing of RUF in the country or region where it will be used. It is divided into three sections: section 1 seeks to provide an overview of the steps involved in production of RUF and quality requirements producers must meet in order to supply product for use in services for treating or preventing acute malnutrition. Section 2 discusses the identified constraints influencing quality and price, and raises questions about the sustainability of the model of local RUF production as it currently stands. Section 3 includes case studies of common challenges experienced by local producers to complement the first two sections.
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Duclercq M. Production des aliments prêts à l’emploi (APE) : un aperçu des étapes de leur production « locale » et des défis à relever. Dossier technique du Forum PCMA, déc 2014.
http://fr.cmamforum.org/Pool/Resources/Production-locale-des-APE-aperçu-et-défis-Forum-PCMA-déc-2014.pdf
Ce dossier technique propose un aperçu de la « production locale des aliments prêts à l’emploi (APE) », l’adjectif « local » se référant à la fabrication des APE dans le pays ou la région où ils seront utilisés. Il se compose de trois sections : la première présente un aperçu des étapes de la production des APE et des exigences de qualité auxquelles les producteurs doivent se conformer s’ils veulent que les produits qu’ils fournissent puissent être utilisés dans le cadre de services de traitement ou de prévention de la malnutrition. La deuxième section traite des contraintes identifiées qui influent sur la qualité et les prix, et soulève des questions concernant la durabilité du modèle de production locale d’APE sous sa forme actuelle. Dans la troisième section, des études de cas portant sur les défis auxquels se heurtent fréquemment les producteurs viennent compléter les deux premières sections.

Anand Chauhan

Normal user

1 Oct 2015, 10:19

Nicky thank you for sharing this valuable information.

I gained some good information by reading this article along with few others as well. Even Paul Murphy helped me bring clarity towards this project.

The more I am interacting with people, the more I am gaining in terms of knowledge.

Once I have thorough information, I will also be happy to submit my research findings on this forum so that it can also help other members.

Regards,
Anand

Ekuwam

Nutritionist

Normal user

24 Apr 2016, 18:38

Hi. Kenya is one of the best destination countries to set such a projects. There are already a company in Thika Nairobi working on same project RUFT and it is working well.

Ekuwam

Nutritionist

Normal user

24 Apr 2016, 18:38

Hi. Kenya is one of the best destination countries to set such a projects. There are already a company in Thika Nairobi working on same project RUFT and it is working well.

Michael B. Krawinkel

professor

Normal user

24 Apr 2016, 21:08

Dear friends, make sure that any local/national/regional RUTF-production applies a HACCP-protocol for a safety and quality management. (http://www.fao.org/docrep/w8088e/w8088e05.htm)

Dessa

Normal user

25 Apr 2016, 19:16

Project Peanut Butter has 3 factories producing RUTF and RUSF in Africa (Sierra Leone, Malawi & Ghana). We're happy to share our experiences and collaborate as we have with numerous small-scale projects globally.

Anonymous 3989

Normal user

11 Oct 2016, 18:19

Mr Chauhan,

I wonder how far you've gone in regards local production of RUTF.

I might have a lead for you.

Ada Edozie

Anand Chauhan

Normal user

15 Oct 2016, 05:52

Hello Ada Edozie,

We have completed the feasibility study and are currently raising funds for the deployment of the project. We are still seeking local partners who can assist us in operations.

I will be happy to learn about the lead.

Health and Nutrition Developments Society

voluntry

Normal user

15 Oct 2016, 17:04

Please communicate with me through handsorg1@hotmail.com to availability of raw materials and access to imported ingredients. Advice

David B

Normal user

22 Jul 2017, 09:05

Dear Anand,

Coincidentally, my partner and I were doing research on exactly the same topic as you -- setting up an RUTF production facility in Africa -- (albeit about 2 years after you posted your question here.) In fact, it is while doing the research that I ended up on this site.

I would say I have learned a lot already... The reply by Alison Fleet, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, was quite the eye opener for me... Very sobering.

I was just wondering, do you mind sharing what has happened with your plans, since your last post dated 15 Oct 2016? Did you get to the implementation stage yet?

Also, I took note of your comment that, "We are still seeking local partners who can assist us in operations."

If you do not mind, and if you are still pursuing this project, perhaps we could discuss "offline", (outside of this open ENN forum), to see if there is any way our interest in this area might intersect?

Regards

David B

Anand Chauhan

Normal user

23 Jul 2017, 04:11

Hello David,

Glad to hear from you.

I have been running a food products company in India that manufactures products such a peanut butter which is one of the major ingredients of RUTF products.
In terms of experience in setting up and running a production facility, there's some good experience at our end.

I have had some real good conversations with people who are running this kind of projects in Africa and have learned about the opportunities and challenges as well.

let us connect over email and take this conversation further. I could be reached on anandchauhan@gmail.com

- Anand

David B

Normal user

23 Jul 2017, 12:02

Dear Anand,


Thank you for your very timely response. I will certainly be contacting you offline. And thanks to all other participants on this ENN forum; I have found all your comments very helpful.


Anand, and others on this forum, very briefly and at a very high level, my background and areas of special interest to me:


I have now lived in the US for about 20 years, and I am quite as settled here as anyone can be. However, I have always maintained connections to my native Kenya. But most certainly, I have no complaints about my life in the US. In fact, quite the contrary.


My professional training and employment here has been in accounting and the related fields of financial reporting, management accounting and even financial systems analysis. Experiencing first-hand how things work in the US corporate environment has been invaluable, literally. That said, I have watched and followed closely in amazement as Africa is getting transformed at an unbelievable pace, especially in the last 15 years or so.


For example, my native Kenya is now almost a completely different country than the one we left behind about 20 years ago. But going hand in hand with my following (and fully embracing) the Africa Rising narrative, has been my acute awareness of the many challenges that face us.


My contrasting Africa's challenges with my experience and knowledge of life in the US has heightened my awareness of the tremendous opportunities in Africa... Opportunities to help address / solve some / any of those challenges. And in so doing create employment and other opportunities for people there. That is why I have been in a period of mental / mind-set transition, so to speak, for the last 2 years or so.


(Oh, but just for clarity, I am not just talking about Africa just from over 7000 flight-miles away, I relish visiting Kenya every one or two years. I have cultivated and today maintain strong relationships with some energetic, visionary people there... potential partners in future endeavors.)


The issue of food security / food production, and related basic Agro processing and marketing, are the areas of my core interest.

Side point: It was while researching these issues that I was shocked to learn of the sheer quantity of peanuts produced and consumed, across the board, in the US! But don't believe me, google it for yourself. When I contrast this with the somewhat prevalent view in Kenay that peanuts are "the poor man's snack food", (man as in person), I realize just how much the greater part of Africa's challenges are to do with Education. Not academic or book education, but citizenry awareness of many issues.


I could go on and on... My apologies for this too-long post. Anand, my email is dbachia@hotmail.com. I will certainly be in touch. Your experience with peanuts processing is right up my alley!

To others, for anybody for whom my post strikes a cord, and especially if you are already doing or are planning to do something related in Kenya, I would really appreciate any helpful comments.


Thank you all for enduring this here my rant! Sometimes I am like that... Other times even worse!


Best regards to all,


David B

Anand Chauhan

Normal user

29 Oct 2017, 12:04

Since my first post in Sept 2015, there has been a very good development at my side in terms of setting up and running a project in Peanut Butter Manufacturing in India.

Have also been successful in meeting people with similar interests in this domain and would like to re-initiate my efforts of setting up facility in Africa Again.

Feel free to connect to me on my email address and let's take this further.

anandchauhan@gmail.com

Ambarka Youssoufane

KM Specialist

Normal user

29 Oct 2017, 12:45

Hello,
I met several people, including entrepreneurs in Chad who would like to start a local production of RUTF. If you are interested in a partnership with local entrepreneurs I can help you in that way.
Regards,

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