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.

Do you know of a recently published study or trial that isn’t included here? Email us at REFINEnutrition@gmail.com!


Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Results
Hidrobo, M., Hoddinott, J., Peterman, A., Margolies, A., Moreira, V.. "Cash, food, or vouchers? Evidence from a randomized experiment in northern Ecuador ." Journal of Development Economics 107 (2014) : 144-156
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Puett, C., Sadler, K., Alderman, H., Coates, J., Fiedler, J. L., Myatt, M.. "Cost-effectiveness of the community-based management of severe acute malnutrition by community health workers in southern Bangladesh ." Health Policy and Planning 28 , no. 4 (2013) : 386-399
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Cost
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Tonguet-Papucci, A., Huybregts, L., Aissa, M. A.. "The MAM'Out project: a randomized controlled trial to assess multiannual and seasonal cash transfers for the prevention of acute malnutrition in children ." BMC Public Health (2015)
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Fenn, B., Sangrasi, G. M., Puett, C., Trenouth, L., Pietzsch, S.. "The REFANI Pakistan study-a cluster randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cash-based transfer programmes on child nutrition status: study protocol ." BMC Public Health 15 , no. 1 (2015) : 1044
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Cash transfer
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Bechman, A., Phillips, R. D., Chen, J.. "The use of nutrient-optimizing/cost-minimizing software to develop ready-to-use therapeutic foods for malnourished pregnant women in Mali ." Food Science & Nutrition 3 , no. 2 (2015) : 110-119
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Koroma, A., Manary, M., Marron, B., Green, J., Rogers, B., Walton, S., Chui, K. H. K., Suri, D., Langlois, B., Jayson, L., Boiteau, J., Rosenberg, I., de Pee, S., Vosti, S., Webb, P.. "Comparison of four supplementary foods in treating moderate acute malnutrition in Sierra Leone: an Ebola-constrained cluster-randomized, controlled clinic-based effectiveness trial: A Report from the Food Aid Quality Review ." (2015)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Irena, A., Bahwere, P., Owino, V., Diop, E. I., Bachmann, M., Mbwili-Muleya, C., Dibari, F., Sadler, K., Collins, S.. "Comparison of the effectiveness of a milk-free soy-maize-sorghum-based ready-to-use therapeutic food to standard ready-to-use therapeutic food with 25% milk in nutrition management of severely acutely malnourished Zambian children: an equivalence non-blinded cluster randomised controlled trial ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. S4 (2015) : 105-119
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Cost
  • Efficacy
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Rogers, B. L., Wilner, L., Maganga, G., Walton, S., Suri, D. J., Langlois, B., Chui, K. K. H., Boiteau, J., Vosti, S., Webb, P.. "Program changes are effective and cost-effective in increasing the amount of oil used in preparing corn soy blend porridge for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in Malawi ." Maternal & Child Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Efficacy
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Isanka, S., Menzies, N. A., Sayyad, J., Ayoola, M., Grais, R. F., Doyon, S.. "Cost analysis of the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in West Africa ." Maternal & Child Nutrition (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Cost
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Weber, J. M., Ryan, K. N., Tandon, R., Mathur, M., Girma, T., Steiner-Asiedu, M., Saalia, F., Zaidi, S., Soofi, S., Okos, M., Vosti, S. A.. "Acceptability of locally produced ready-to-use therapeutic foods in Ethiopia, Ghana, Pakistan and India ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 13 , no. 2 (2017) : e12250
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Cost
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Lagrone, L., Cole, S., Schondelmeyer, A., Maleta, K., Manary, M. J.. "Locally produced ready-to-use supplementary food is an effective treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in an operational setting ." Annals of Tropical Paediatrics 30 , no. 2 (2010)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Humber, J., Vosti, S. A., Cummins, J., Mridha, M., Matias, S. L., Dewey, K.. "The Rang-Din Nutrition Study in rural Bangladesh: the costs and cost-effectiveness of programmatic interventions to improve linear growth at birth and 18 months, and the costs of these interventions at 24 months ." FANTA III Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Report (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Cost
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
  • GAM
Eleanor Rogers, Karen Martínez, Jose Luis Alvarez Morán, Franck G. B. Alé, Pilar Charle, Saul Guerrero, Chloe Puett. "." Human Resources for Health 16 , no. 1 (2018)
Study Interventions
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Cost
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Pernilla Svefors , Katarina Ekholm Selling, Rubina Shaheen, Ashraful Islam Khan, Lars-Åke Persson, Lars Lindholm. "." PLoS ONE 13 , no. 2 (2018)
Study Interventions
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Cost
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Emmanuel Grellety, Pélagie Babakazo, Amina Bangana, Gustave Mwamba, Ines Lezama, Noël Marie Zagre, Eric-Alain Ategbo. "." BMC Medicine 15 , no. 1 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
Research Gaps
  • Cost
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM