The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $1.3 billion in additional critical assistance to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. Those funds include $200 million for purchasing a product called Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Food. RUTF is an energy-dense medical food paste made of soy, peanuts, powdered milk, vegetable oil, sugar, and multivitamins. It’s one of the world’s most effective tools to help severely malnourished children. America is one of the world’s largest and most cost-efficient producers of RUTFs, but U.S. farmers have the capacity to do more. “U.S. soybean growers are proud of the role they play in global food security,” says American Soybean Association President Brad Doyle. “We welcome the opportunity to provide more protein to feed those in need around the world, and we’re thankful for the much-needed investments in RUTFs.” Last spring, the ASA asked Congress for $200 million in appropriations to purchase RUTFs and double the global supply to reach more malnourished children.
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