How do commerical concerns conflict with development? The case of Plumpy’nut

Plumpy’nut is a RUTF or ready to use therapeutic food in the parlance of those involved in emergency food aid. It and other products help aid agencies keep people alive when famine and other food limiting emergencies strike. But like most things, Plumpy’nut is a product and there has been an argument over the rights to the product and whether it should be patented:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8610427.stm

Many other companies are involved in fortified foods, many are not for profit organisations:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8114750.stm

There’s more about Plumpy’nut and RUTF here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/11/food-climate-change-famine-plumpy-nut

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