Fact-finding field studies are the starting point for new affordable food projects. The purpose is to assess the opportunities for building local supply chains. We also actively support the World Health Organisation’s call for more research into the efficacy of supplementary foods to prevent and treat child undernutrition.
Our most important obligation when working with affordable food is to ensure each project fulfils its aims and does not cause any unforeseen negative impacts. Field studies are an important means of obtaining the necessary insights.
At the same time, we contribute to nutrition studies by supplying whey ingredients and expertise. These studies investigate the benefits of whey in ready-to-use supplementary foods for treating moderate malnutrition in children, pregnant women and young women of reproductive age in general.
The value of dairy nutrients
Research has shown that animal-sourced nutrients such as milk are essential to ensure normal growth and development in malnourished children. But, in some regions, milk is either too expensive or not available for local families to buy. Supplementation of everyday food products with whey ingredients can help bring dairy nutrition within reach.
Due to its content of essential amino acids, whey has a very high quality compared to other protein sources. Studies indicate that whey ingredients contribute to gastrointestinal health, immune health, cognitive development and performance, and allergy treatment and prevention.