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Setting up RUTF Production Facility in Africa - Questions

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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

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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

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29 Sep 2015, 06:46

Dear Anand, Valid Nutrition would be happy to respond to your questions. Please contact me by email at: I look forward to hearing from you.

Anand Chauhan

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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

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1 Oct 2015, 10:00

Last year the CMAM Forum ( 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.
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.
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.
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.çu-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

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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.


Anonymous 3427

Office administrator

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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


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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. (


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

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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

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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


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15 Oct 2016, 17:04

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

David B

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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?


David B

Anand Chauhan

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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

- Anand

David B

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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 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

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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.

Ambarka Youssoufane

KM Specialist

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29 Oct 2017, 12:45

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.

Alejandro Orendain

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21 Aug 2020, 19:42

Dear Anand,

I ended up in this website since I am researching what you have done in the past but for Southeast Asia Region. is there a way I could contact you?

Best Regards,


Michael Krawinkel

Prof.em./Justus-Liebig University Giessen

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24 Aug 2020, 10:21

Dear colleagues, let me put some water into the wine of sustainable RUTF-production and marketing in Africa.

RUTF is a essential and valuable product for emergency and relief settings. Where you deal with 'normal' malnutrition you may check if using RUTF is feasible and sustainable in the local and regional environment. The essential steps in successfull managing SAM is first to ensure survival in the first days and second to enable families to feed their children achieving and maintaining a normal nutritional status with the family's diet. Both steps in the successfull management of SAM are challenging, but are not impacted by RUTF.

When families have access to food dietary advice may directly go from F-100 or F-135 to - nutritious and easy to consume and to digest - family foods supplemented with electrolyte mineral solution according to WHO-guideline. More emphasis on this transition to family food may be more adequate and sustainable than producing and marketing RUTF. This is, what is called food souvereignty. And the utilization of locally grown foods also strengthens food security and farmer's income generation. 

Anonymous 40397


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25 Aug 2020, 04:22

Hi Ambarka & Alijandro,


Would be happy to know if you are looking for RUTF manufacturing facility new setup in different location. I can help you in setting up the facilities.

Thank you.

Ravi Patel

Project Manager

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30 Oct 2020, 07:10

We would like to setting up RUTF plant in Gujarat, India, for that we are looking for RUTF project consultant,

For this we would like to know for your end how we can collaborate to each other, 

If you need ant further information from our end then you can contact us.


Ravi Patel,

Anonymous 40397


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31 Oct 2020, 04:40

Hi Ravi

Please share your contact number to discuss the same in detail. 

Thank you, Vimal 

Ravi Patel

Project Manager

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31 Oct 2020, 05:12

Thank you vimal for contact, 

Kindly f ind below mention contact detaisl,

Ravi Patel :

Mo.: +91 9712619800

Email id :



Normal user

24 Nov 2020, 11:04

We are a global company and having experience to supply packaging for RUTF. Please connect us for the same   

Solomon Oyeniran


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28 Nov 2020, 21:05

I am not sure if Arnand who initiated Setting up Ready to Use Food Production Facility in Africa has concluded plans on the country of choice in Africa for the project.
Perhaps he or anyone is interested in setting a food industy in Nigeria, I may be of help. We could also collaborate on other projects such as research works or actionable plan on the food system as the case may be.

We have only 5 years to meet goals set on Global Nutrition Target, but looking at the trend, we are far from meeting the goals. 
Today, one in every nine people in the world is hungry, and one in every three is overweight or obese. More and more countries experience the double burden of malnutrition, where undernutrition coexists with overweight, obesity and other diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The trend is clear: progress is too slow to meet the global targets. Not one country is on course to meet all ten of the 2025 global nutrition targets and just 8 of 194 countries are on track to meet four targets. Almost a quarter of all children under 5 years of age are stunted. At the same time, overweight and obesity are increasing rapidly in nearly every country in the world, with no signs of slowing. Progress on malnutrition is not just too slow, it is also deeply unfair. New analysis shows that global and national patterns mask significant inequalities within countries and populations, with the most vulnerable groups being most affected. Nutrition outcomes also vary substantially across countries. Underweight is a persisting issue for the poorest countries and can be ten times higher than in wealthier countries. Overweight and obesity prevail in wealthier countries at rates of up to five times higher than in poorer countries. 

There is no time left behind, now is the time to take action on equity to end malnutrition through sustainable food systems.

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Denniz Asingwire

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8 Mar 2021, 17:33


I ended up here as I was searching about the ready to use therapeutic foods producing countries in Africa.I am doing my research on producing these foods in Uganda.This could be a great opportunity for us because I realise there is one local industry for that.

Every ones post up has been helpful and I would be glad to receive more guidance. is my email address. 

Mr Onyeka


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23 Sep 2022, 14:46

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for your contribution on this platform. Its amazing

There is a big hospital I am consulting for and recently they said they they want to send four of their staff outside the country to an existing  company that is in RUTF production so that they will be trained on how to produce RUTF foods (solid and semi solid). On return, the hospital will acquire the complete machineand start up the production. So, I need who can help to connect us to such company either in Asia, Europe or Africa.

I hope to hear from you (


Abdullah Mohsin


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17 Jul 2023, 10:02

We are interested in new RUTF facility in Yemen, can anyone help in technical side?

Paul Filipkowski

Project Peanut Butter

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19 Jul 2023, 04:55

Hello Abdullah Mohsin,

I work for Project Peanut Butter and we produce RUTF in several sub-Saharan African nations. I would be happy to help you with any technical questions you may have. Please contact me at You can also read about our organization at I look forward to speaking with you.

Maryse Arendt

Lactation consultant IBCLC , BLL Luxembourg

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19 Jul 2023, 09:16


Please note these guidelines by Codex Alimentarius and especially the preamble who explain the context!

Guidelines for ready-to-use therapeutic foods. Codex Alimentarius Guideline No. CXG 95-2022. Codex Alimentarius FAO, WHO. 2022.

Commission. Rome.

Michael Krawinkel

Prof.em./Justus-Liebig University Giessen

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19 Jul 2023, 15:16

The Codex-guideline is a valuable tool and of great importance for commerically traded RUTF. For small scale local production the preamble states: '...(RUTF) is a WHO recommended option for the dietary management of children aged from 6 to 59 months with SAM without medical complications. However, this does not preclude other dietary options including the use of locally-based foods.'

Therefore, besides meeting nutrient and energy requirements of the child with SAM food safety is most important in order to do no harm. Don't get discouraged from all the food and nutrient standards in the guideline and from the amount of money needed to get your product analyzed for the content of all nutrients and the lack of contaminations - as long as you don't produce for profit and on a larger scale.

Maryse Arendt

Lactation consultant IBCLC , BLL Luxembourg

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19 Jul 2023, 15:48

The guidelines clearly says: RUTF is not for general retail sale.

Tamára Ramos


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19 Jul 2023, 19:49

Hi Abdullah,

Reach JAM - joint aid management. They have opened, temporarily, a facture in Mozambique. They are best suited to tell you, from their experience, what works and how you can overcome potential obstacles.


James Majaha

Public Health Nutritionist

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19 Jul 2023, 20:13

Hi Abdullah

I have extensive experience working with JAM - Joint Aid Management.  I will be able to assist on issues raised by Tamara Ramos. You can reach me on the following skype address; james.majaha


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