For 2013



Take the Plumpy Nut challenge!

The 2013 challenge is now over. Thanks to the hundreds of challengers who helped raise over £40,000 to help fight malnutrition. We will be back!


How nuts saved Ekure’s life

How Merlin feed the hungry in East Africa

The young girl smiling is almost unrecognisable. When Merlin first saw little 5 year-old Ekure, she was so hungry she couldn't walk.

"We thought Ekure would be swept away by the drought," her mother Etokoit said. Their livestock dead from starvation, she was forced to survive on bitter wild berries, leaving her so weak she weighed less than many British two-year-olds.

Luckily Merlin stepped in with Plumpy'Nut at just the right time. "Ekure liked the sweet nuts, because she was so hungry," Etokoit recalled. "She ate it, and that's what she ate until she became healthy again. She changed, she got fatter; that's why she's healthy and smiling.

Just £50 buys enough Plumpy'Nut to take a child like Ekure from death’s doorstep to a happy, healthy child.

1000 people taking the Plumpy'Nut Challenge will save 1000 lives. That’s just YOU and 999 others.



How do you eat your nuts?

Become a Plumpy Champion

Although it’s sweet and delicious, living off just Plumpy'Nut for 24 hours isn’t easy. But we have faith in our glorious challengers! And don’t forget, you’re not alone. You’re doing it with 999 others.

Just click here and tell us all your story! The best story will get the honour of being our Plumpy Champion and win a massive bag of nuts.


on Monday, January 21, 2013 - 16:57
on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 10:53

With a suggestion by our digital marketing manager Martin Broadhurst who became our first Plumpy’Nutter (a fitting description), Dawn and I were persuaded to put our nuts where our mouths are for the day to raise awareness of Plumpy’Nut and secure vital funds for Merlin, an international health charity.

on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 22:43

I was very nervous about doing this challenge, as I love food and the variety of foods we are lucky enough to have at our disposal. I opened my first sachet at about 9am, other Plumpy Nut challengers had prepared me for the sweet peanut butter like goo. It was surprisingly tasty, and I still worried that I might not go the distance. I need not have worried, it was easier than I thought - in fact I only ate two sachets all day. Here's an audioboo I made about my day and why I felt honoured to have taken part and do my bit.

on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:07

Okay. I did it. Spent the whole of yesterday eating nothing but Plumpy'Nut and drinking water.

Now, I know that there are hundreds of you about to embark on this challenge. So I just thought I’d share a few thoughts on how to make the day a little more bearable.

Wretching on Plumpy Nut

I mean I did the challenge.  But I was rubbish at it cos I made a few fundamental errors which you should avoid:


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