Ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) Supply Alert June 2022 and outlooks
Supply Alert on RUTF price increase and market updates on global supply, demand, increased supplier diversity and UNICEF’s procurement approach through 2023.
13.6 million children globally suffer from severe wasting and require specialized therapeutic feeding care. UNICEF issues a supply alert on ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) price increases for constituent ingredients and packaging materials making up to approximately 75 per cent of the costs of the finished product, as well as associated challenges to global shipping, transport, and freight costs, leading to longer lead times for delivery. These risk significant price increases for nutrition programmes and the treatment of fewer children.
UNICEF will revise its product prices for the next six months and calls on the need for immediate funding increases to be considered for nutrition programmes to ensure they maintain current and increased programme coverage rates to respond to the growing nutrition emergencies.
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