Our Story

Our Story

A social impact business with charitable status, VALID Nutrition was set up in Ireland and the UK in 2007 by Steve Collins, a medical doctor and world renowned expert on nutrition. Steve pioneered the development of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), a model of care to treat severe acute malnutrition (starvation) that moved away from the traditional and low coverage inpatient/hospital model, to treating people in their homes with the support of local clinics and the use of a highly nutritious food called “Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)”.

Establishment of the Malawi factory

In 2009, VALID Nutrition set up its factory in Malawi to advance the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition by manufacturing high quality ready-to-use foods (RUFs) in a country with high levels of acute malnutrition, with the aim of maximising social and economic value. Our factory in Malawi demonstrates that VALID Nutrition’s “farm-to-mouth” model is the best approach, as it supports and strengthens the local food supply chain through its procurement of raw ingredients from small-holder farmers and other suppliers, expanding the local know how on the manufacture of quality nutritious foods and reducing the environmental footprint, as the products are used locally where need is high.

Since its establishment, the Malawi factory has played a significant role in VALID Nutrition’s R&D programme as its producer of innovative nutritious food products.

VALID Nutrition – Exagris Africa partnership

In 2013, VALID Nutrition and Exagris Africa Ltd (EAA) partnered to further develop this “farm-to-mouth” model by strengthening the local food value chain through improved agricultural practices in groundnut production, storage and handling. Local farmers supply the groundnuts - the main ingredient currently in our products - and Afri Oil (an EAA initiative) processes them for use at our VALID Nutrition Malawi factory.

From a global perspective, the partnership between Exagris, an enlightened agricultural business, and VALID Nutrition, a social enterprise, is unique and creates a powerful synergy and reach – from farm to malnourished children.

VALID Nutrition and EAA are now the two shareholders of our factory.

For more information on ExAgris: http://www.exagrisafrica.com
For more information on VALID Nutrition: http://www.validnutrition.org

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6 months ago

VALID Nutrition Malawi

Wonderful piece from WFP Malawi working towards reduction efforts to the Stunting problem. Valid Nutrition Malawi has produced over 44 million sachets of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), enough to treat around 350,000 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). By producing locally in Malawi & with support of customers such as WFP, UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) we have been preventing the need for RUTF to be imported. Furthermore, we are assisting local farmers and suppliers as well as providing employment & skills transfer. All this has a hugely beneficial multiplier effect on the local economy.

We at Valid fully supports the drive that ensure a fair start for all children in life which ensures they get good nutrition at critical stages of development, the 1000 initial days of life from conception till age of 2 years!

World Food Programme Malawi
A healthy start in life is the best way to see a growing generation achieving #ZeroHunger in Malawi. Watch and share! W/ Scaling Up Nutrition Movement & USAID Southern Africa
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10 months ago

VALID Nutrition Malawi

Pentecostal Life TV in conjunction with National Product Magazine is hosting a live show about Know Your Product today whose guest is Valid Nutrition, 1st December 2017 at 7 PM if you have access you can watch us there talking more of our products. This is a continuation of a program which was live last wednesady same time. ...

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