In 2009, Edesia was founded in the United States to help reduce the alarmingly high rates of childhood malnutrition around the world. In collaboration with Nutriset—and as an integral supporting member of their PlumpyField Network of producers worldwide—a non-profit social enterprise model was devised to focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition through the production of peanut-based, ready-to-use foods (RUFs). Since March 2010, Edesia has produced and delivered over 20,000 MT of RUFs for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition to over 45 countries, reaching more than 2.5 million malnourished children. As part of Edesia’s commitment to reaching the world’s malnourished children, a new expanded facility will open in 2016 that will have the potential to reach 2 million malnourished children each year with life-saving treatment.
Statement of Commitments
Edesia is committed to improving access to nutrition around the world through the following commitments:
1. From 2015 to 2018, we commit to building up our capacity to provide life-saving nutrition interventions to more than 1.5 million children, and to supporting more than 500,000 children and pregnant mothers with preventative nutritional support, per year, through existing partnerships with U.N. Agencies and U.S. Government Agencies. We also commit to expanding our ability to meet emergency orders through building greater surge capacity.
2. In 2015, we commit to increasing our focus on advocacy that highlights the importance of: access to nutrition for all; the critical political and capital support needed to treat acute malnutrition and prevent stunting in children; and the necessity of policies to support and enhance the local and regional procurement of RUFs and other nutritional foods. To advance the issue of childhood malnutrition, Edesia will engage with a community of activists, organizers, civil-society members, researchers, and government representatives in the United States. In addition, we will continue to welcome the public to learn more about malnutrition through on-site factory tours.
3. By the end of 2016, we commit to improving our ability to conduct research and development to ensure cost effectiveness and the continuing innovation of RUF products by building a pilot plant that can be utilized in partnerships with U.S. Government Agencies, U.N. Agencies, leading Universities, and local RUF producers.