Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs)

  • Lisa F. Clark
  • Jill E. Hobbs
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_558-1

Synonyms

Introduction

Ready-to-use food products (RUFs) are used to address malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies as part of international food assistance strategies. RUFs are any foods that are formulated to be eaten out of the package without cooking, adding water, or any other type of preparation. They are part of international food assistance strategies that usually involve UN (United Nation) agencies like the World Food Programme and UNICEF. They are used in emergency humanitarian situations and have more recently been used to fill the nutritional gap in situations where individuals are not able to secure appropriate, nutrient-rich foods in their everyday diets. RUFs are also used to prevent the negative health consequences of micronutrient deficiencies in children, which include stunting and wasting. This article explains how RUFs are used in international food assistance...

Keywords

Corporate Social Responsibility Supply Chain Food Security Millennium Development Goal Micronutrient Deficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and BioresourcesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and BioresourcesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada