Published Studies

This page includes publications from individual clinical trials testing food aid products, and reports and evaluations from programs using food aid products. These resources are tagged according to country, nutritional problem studied, intervention used, study type, year, and author. If relevant to more than one category, the document appears in both categories. New resources are added regularly according to search criteria and standards developed by REFINE.

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Adu-Afarwuah, S., Lartey, A., Zeilani, M., Dewey, K. G.. "Acceptability of lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) among Ghanaian infants and pregnant or lactating women ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 7 , no. 4 (2011) : 344-56
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Iuel-Brockdorf, A., Dræbelc, T. A., Fabiansenb, C., Cichon, B., Brix Christensen, V., Yameogob, C., Ritz, C., Frahm Olsen, M., Friis, H.. "Acceptability of new formulations of corn-soy blends and lipid-based nutrient supplements in Province du Passoré, Burkina Faso ." Appetite (2015)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Composition
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Rothman, M., Berti, C., Smuts, C. M., Faber, M., Covic, N.. "Acceptability of novel small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements for complementary feeding in a peri-urban South African community ." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 36 , no. 4 (2015) : 455-466
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Phuka, J., Ashorn, U., Ashorn, P., Zeilani, M., Cheung, Y. B., Dewey, K. G., Manary, M., Maleta, K.. "Acceptability of three novel lipid-based nutrient supplements among Malawian infants and their caregivers ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 7 , no. 4 (2011) : 368-377
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Hess, S. Y., Bado, L., Aaron, G. J., Ouédraogo, J. B., Zeilani, M., Brown, K. H.. "Acceptability of zinc-fortified, lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) prepared for young children in Burkina Faso ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 7 , no. 4 (2011) : 357-367
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Bauserman, M., Lokangaka, A., Kodondi, K., Gado, J., Viera, A. J., Bentley, M. E., Engmann, C., Tshefu, A., Bose, C.. "Caterpillar cereal as a potential complementary feeding product for infants and young children: nutritional content and acceptability ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. Suppl 4 (2015) : 214-220
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Ahmed, T., Choudhury, N., Hossain, M. I., Tangsuphoom, N., Islam, M. M., de Pee, S., Steiger, G., Fuli, R., Sarker, S. A. M., Parveen, M., West, K. P., Christian, P.. "Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh ." BMC Pediatrics 14 , no. 1 (2014) : 164
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
van der Kam, S., Roll, S., Salse, N., Jiya, N. M., Swarthout, T. D., Matsumoto, A., Toyoshima, S., Shanks, L.. "Effectiveness of nutritional supplementation (RUTF and multi micronutrient) in preventing malnutrition and morbidity in children 6-59 months with infection ." MSF Field Research (2014)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Effectiveness
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • GAM
Iuel-Brockdorf, A. S., Draebel, T. A., Ritz, C., Fabiansen, C., Cichon, B., Brix Christensen, V., Yameogo, C., Oummani, R., Briend, A., Michaelsen, K. F., Ashorn, P., Filteau, S., Friis, H.. "Evaluation of the acceptability of improved supplementary foods for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in Burkina Faso using a mixed method approach ." Appetite 99 (2016) : 34-45
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Mridha, M. K., Chaparro, C. M., Matias, S., Hussain, S., Munira, S.. "Acceptability of lipid-based nutrient supplements and micronutrient powders among pregnant and lactating women and infants and young children in Bangladesh and their perceptions about malnutrition and nutrient supplements ." FANTA 2 Technical Report (2012)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Tripp, K., Perrine, C. G., de Campos, P., Knieriemen, M., Hartz, R., Jefferds, M. E., Kupka, R.. "Formative research for the development of a market‐based home fortification programme for young children in Niger ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 7 , no. Supplement 3 (2011) : 82-95
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • SAM
  • MAM
Zebdewos, A., Singh, P., Birhanu, G., Whiting, S. J., Henry, C. J., Kebebu, A.. "Formulation of complementary food using amaranth, chickpea and maize improves iron, calcium and zinc content ." African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development 15 , no. 4 (2015) : 10290-10304
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Composition
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Kodish, S., Aburto, N., Hambayi, M. N., Kennedy, C., Gittelsohn, J.. "Identifying the sociocultural barriers and facilitating factors to nutrition-related behavior change formative research for a stunting prevention program in Ntchisi, Malawi ." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 36 , no. 2 (2015) : 138-153
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Cohuet, S., Marquer, C., Shepherd, S., Captier, V., Langendorf, C., Ale, F., Phelan, K., Manzo, M. L., Grais, R. F.. "Intra-household use and acceptability of Ready-to-Use-Supplementary-Foods distributed in Niger between July and December 2010 ." Appetite 59 , no. 3 (2012) : 698-705
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • GAM
Wang, R. J., Trehan, I., LaGrone, L. N., Weisz, A. J., Thakwalakwa, C. M., Maleta, K. M., Manary, M. J.. "Investigation of food acceptability and feeding practices for lipid nutrient supplements and blended flours used to treat moderate malnutrition ." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 45 , no. 3 (2013) : 258-263
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Scherbaum, V., Purwestri, R. C., Stuetz, W., Inayati, D. A., Suryantan, J., Bloem, M. A., Biesalski, H. K.. "Locally produced cereal/nut/legume-based biscuits versus peanut/milk-based spread for treatment of moderately to mildly wasted children in daily programmes on Nias Island, Indonesia: an issue of acceptance and compliance? ." Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 24 , no. 1 (2015) : 152
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Flax, V. L., Thakwalakwa, C., Phuka, J., Ashorn, U., Cheung, Y. B., Maleta, K., Ashorn, P.. "Malawian mothers' attitudes towards the use of two supplementary foods for moderately malnourished children ." Appetite 53 , no. 2 (2009) : 195-202
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Ashorn, U., Alho, L., Arimond, M., Dewey, K. G., Maleta, K., Phiri, N., Phuka, J., Vosti, S. A., Zeilani, M., Ashorn, P.. "Malawian mothers consider lipid-based nutrient supplements acceptable for children throughout a 1-year intervention, but deviation from user recommendations is common ." The Journal of Nutrition 145 , no. 7 (2015) : 1588-1595
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Ali, E., Zachariah, R., Dahmane, A., Van den Boogaard, W., Shams, Z., Akter, T., Alders, P., Manzi, M., Allaouna, M., Draguez, B., Delchevalerie, P., Harries, A. D.. "Peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic food: acceptability among malnourished children and community workers in Bangladesh ." Public Health Action 3 , no. 2 (2013) : 128-135
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
  • MAM
Ali, E., Zachariah, R., Shams, Z., Manzi, M., Akter, T., Alders, P., Allaouna, M., Delchevalerie, P., Harries, A. D.. "Peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic food: How acceptable and tolerated is it among malnourished pregnant and lactating women in Bangladesh? ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. 4 (2015) : 1028-1035
Study Interventions
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Shamim, A. A., Hanif, Abu A. M., Merrill, R. D., Campbell, R. K., Kumkum, M. A., Shaikh, S., de Pee, S., Ahmed, T., Parveen, M., Mehra, S., Klemm, R. D. W., Labrique, A. B., West, K. P., Christian, P.. "Preferred delivery method and acceptability of Wheat-Soy Blend (WSB++) as a daily complementary food supplement in northwest Bangladesh ." Ecology of Food and Nutrition 54 , no. 1 (2015) : 74-92
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Flax, V. L., Mäkinen, S., Ashorn, U., Cheung, Y. B., Maleta, K., Ashorn, P., Bentley, M. E.. "Responsive feeding and child interest in food vary when rural Malawian children are fed lipid‐based nutrient supplements or local complementary food ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 9 , no. 3 (2013) : 369-380
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Bourdier, F.. "Socio-anthropological investigation related to the acceptability of Plumpy'nut in Cambodia ." Paris: institut de Recherche pour le Développement (2009)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Arimond, M., Zeilani, M., Jungjohann, S., Brown, K. H., Ashorn, P., Allen, L. H., Dewey, K. G.. "Considerations in developing lipid-based nutrient supplements for prevention of undernutrition: experience from the International Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements (iLiNS) Project ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. S4 (2015) : 31-61
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Composition
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Cames, C., Varloteaux, M., Have, N. N., Diom, A. B.,, Msellati, P., Mbaye, N., Mbodji, H., Sy Signate, H., Diack, A., ANRS 12279 MAGGSEN Cohort Study. "Acceptability of outpatient ready-to-use food-based protocols in HIV-infected Senegalese children and adolescents within the MAGGSEN cohort study ." Food and Nutrition Bulletin (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
  • MAM