Protecting populations at risk of death or severe acute malnutrition with RUTFs and other life-saving nutritional aid

Driven by conflict, soaring fertilizer prices and extreme economic and climate conditions, acute food insecurity affects 345 million people worldwide – a figure that has more than doubled since 2019.1

To address this growing global hunger crisis, urgent humanitarian action is needed to alleviate potentially serious health implications for current and future generations.

Emergency and therapeutic foods are life-saving nutritional solutions that provide quick and reliable access to vital nourishment for those in need – especially children. These convenient, high-energy foods are made with macro- and micronutrient blends specially designed to tackle malnutrition and help children and other vulnerable individuals return to an optimal nutritional status.[2],[3]

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Spotlight on Lipid Nutrient Supplements (LNS): RUTF and RUSF

Therapeutic foods are used to feed people of all ages in emergency situations, malnourished children and those with special nutritional requirements (such as people living with HIV) who are at an increased risk of death from malnourishment.[1] Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) provides a mixture of nutrients designed to primarily address severe acute malnutrition without complications.

These nutritional interventions have aided many children during critical physical and intellectual growth periods and played an invaluable role in advancing community management of malnutrition in various humanitarian emergencies.[2]

Lipid Nutrient Supplements 

- Comprehensive nutritional profiles
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What are the types of RUTFs?

Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs)

Used in both clinical and home settings, RUTFs are homogenous mixes of ingredients including protein sources like peanuts, oil, sugar, milk powder, and vitamin and mineral supplements.RUTFs like Plumpy'Nut have revolutionized the treatment of serve acute malnutrition among infants and children since early 2000s.8,9

Ready-to-Use Supplementary Foods (RUSFs)

Aimed at the prevention and treatment of moderate to acute malnutrition in situations such as seasonal lean periods, RUSFs come in convenient daily dose sachets for home use. These are typically made with heat treated oilseeds, pulses or cereals, along with sugar, milk powder, vegetable oils, vitamins, and minerals.11


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Collaborating to deliver effective nutritional aid at scale

Since 2007, we’ve partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) to develop cost-effective, sustainable, and nutritious food solutions that have helped over 35 million people worldwide.[1] Our shared vision is to leverage our partnership to​ strengthen sustainable food systems and improve resilience by increasing availability, demand and consumption of nutritious foods.​​

Leveraging our technical expertise and scientific know-how, we have co-created or improved ten nutritional products since the partnership began that are now used globally in WFP operations. These include Micronutrient Powders (MNP), Ready-to-Use Supplemental or Therapeutic Foods (RUSF/RUTF), High-Energy Biscuits (HEBs), fortified date bars, Super Cereal (CSB) and Super Cereal Plus (CSB++)​.

Emergency nutritional aid solutions that don’t compromise on quality

Quality is key, especially when working with vulnerable populations under crisis conditions. With our extensive experience in emergency and therapeutic foods, you can rely on the highest quality micronutrients and blends to develop cost-effective nutritional solutions that truly make a lasting positive impact.

Providing complete reassurance that our ingredients are safe, reliable and traceable, we’re dedicated to helping you meet even the most stringent industry standards and technical specifications.[1] Our fully customizable solutions not only streamline your nutritional aid initiatives, but also save you precious resources for greater long-term business sustainability.

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Related articles


[1] World Food Programme, WFP Global Operational Response Plan: Update #8 - June 2023, [website], 2023. Click here to learn more about the Global Operational Response Plan. 

[2] DSM, Micronutrient blends for emergency and therapeutic foods, 2022.

[3] UNICEF, Explainer: A wonder ‘food’ for the world’s children. Accessed on 18 May 2023.

[4] Wagh V. D. Deore B. R., Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF): An Overview, Advances in Life Sciences and Health, 2015, Vol 2: 1.

[5] BioAnalyt, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) – What Are They and What Can iCheck Do?, 2020.

[6] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization, Guidelines for ready-to-use therapeutic foods, Codex Guideline no. CXG 95-2022, 2022. 

[7] BioAnalyt, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) – What Are They and What Can iCheck Do?, 2020.

[8] World Food Programme, Technical Specifications for Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food RUSF, 2021.

[9] Greiner T., The advantages, disadvantages and risks of ready-to-use foods – Breastfeeding Briefs 56/57, IBFAN, 2014, 56/57. 

[10] Stevens GA, Beal T, Mbuya MNN, Luo H, Neufeld LM; Global Micronutrient Deficiencies Research Group, Micronutrient deficiencies among preschool-aged children and women of reproductive age worldwide: a pooled analysis of individual-level data from population-representative surveys, Lancet Glob Health, 2022 Nov;10(11).

[11] Dsm-firmenich, DSM and the World Food Programme partner to improve nutrition around the world, [website], 2023, DSM and the World Food Programme partner to improve nutrition around the world..

[12] World Food Programme Technical Specifications for Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF), 2021.

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