Jul 2015 – Jun 2018

Alternative formulations of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (phase 2)



Multiple countries – Global

To test the effectiveness of new ready-to-use therapeutic food formulas and introduce these into children's nutrition programmes.

$4,000,000 Multi-Year Grant Value

The programme is testing whether the new RUTF formulas created in the first grant are effective in treating children with severe acute malnutrition. Using locally sourced ingredients, they will be tested in Ghana, Ethiopia and northern India.  

We plan to manufacture the new products locally to test whether the theoretical savings of up to 30% achieved in the first phase of this programme can be maintained. Partners are also researching and developing a new formula suitable for the international RUTF market. They will also identify new recipe options which could be suitable as nutrition supplements for pregnant and lactating women.

This investment builds on a phase one grant. Click here for more information on the first phase of work.


The aim of this grant is to reduce the manufacturing costs of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) by 10-30%. This builds on the work from a previous grant which created new low cost recipes for this life-saving product.

In 2016 it became clear that cost savings for the Ghana and Ethiopia products were unlikely to reach this target. As a result, CIFF decided not to continue with plans to test these products in effectiveness trials. Work on developing a low cost formula for the international RUTF market and on nutritional supplements for pregnant and lactating women continues.