University of Georgia
University of Ghana - Legon (Ghana); Makerere University (Uganda)
Jinru Chen (US)
The goal is to develop an intervention food that will easily be distributed among malnourished and vulnerable people. The product is a peanut based highly nutritious food that is easily ingested and highly digestible. The product will also be a functional food that would provide health promoting benefits beyond basic nutrition. In furtherance of this we propose to identify and add appropriate bacterial cultures to the product for probiotic benefits.
1. Formulate and produce at pilot scale peanut-based RUTFs The proposed RUTFs will be nutrient dense but with a liquid consistency for ease of swallowing. This comprises the core research activity of the proposed project. It is, in turn, comprised of two major components, formulation, and production of RUTFs."2. Analyze safety, nutritional, chemical, physical and sensory properties of formulas3. Small scale testing of formulas in human populations for acceptability and nutritional efficacy.4. Training entrepreneurs to produce RUTF formulas on commercial scale5. Training graduate students and publishing findings.6. Capacity development of participant scientists and institutions.