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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Displaying 1 - 25 of 32 Results
Bauserman, M., Lokangaka, A., Gado, J., Close, K., Wallace, D., Kodondi, K., Tshefu, A., Bose, C.. "A cluster-randomized trial determining the efficacy of caterpillar cereal as a locally available and sustainable complementary food to prevent stunting and anaemia ." Public Health Nutrition 18 , no. 10 (2015) : 1785-92
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Ryan, K. N., Adams, K. P., Vosti, S. A., Ordiz, M. I., Cimo, E. D., Manary, M. J.. "A comprehensive linear programming tool to optimize formulations of ready-to-use therapeutic foods: an application to Ethiopia ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 100 , no. 6 (2014) : 1551-1558
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
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
Christian, P., Shaikh, S., Shamim, A. A., Mehra, S., Wu, L., Merrill, R. D., Klemm, R., Schulze, K., Pee, S., Ahmed, T.. "Effect of fortified complementary food supplementation on child growth in rural Bangladesh: A cluster-randomized trial ." The FASEB Journal 29 , no. 1 Supplement (2015) : 120.5
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • GAM
Omollo, S. A.. "Effect of improved complementary foods on lean body mass, essential fatty acids, and gross motor development of Kenyan infants ." University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (2014)
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • MAM
Clavier-Rogez, S., Rogez, J. B., Labrin, L., Branger, B., Dabadie, A.. "Effectiveness of a nutritional program based upon a ready-to-use therapeutic food in Chad ." Archives de Pédiatrie: organe officiel de la Sociéte française de pédiatrie 22 , no. 12 (2015) : 1247-1255
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Shewade, H. D., Patro, B. K., Bharti, B., Soundappan, K., Kaur, A., Taneja, N.. "Effectiveness of indigenous ready-to-use therapeutic food in community-based management of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition: a randomized controlled trial from India ." Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 59 , no. 5 (2013) : 393-8
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Skau, J. K. H., Touch, B., Chhoun, C., Chea, M., Unni, U. S., Makurat, J., Filteau, S., Wieringa, F. T., Dijkhuizen, M. A., Ritz, C., Wells, J. C., Berger, J., Friis, H., Michaelsen, K. F., Roos, N.. "Effects of animal source food and micronutrient fortification in complementary food products on body composition, iron status, and linear growth: A randomized trial in Cambodia ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 101 , no. 4 (2015) : 742-751
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Amegovu, Andrew Kiri, Ochola, Sophie, Ogwok, Patrick, Yiga, Peter, Musalima, Juliet, Juliana, Mandha. "Efficacy of sorghum peanut blend and corn soy blend plus in the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6–59 months in Karamoja, Uganda: a cluster randomized trial ." Nutrition & Dietary Supplements 6 (2014) : 75-84
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Nguefack, F., Adjahoung, C. A., Keugoung, B., Kamgaing, N., Dongmo, R.. "Hospital management of severe acute malnutrition in children with F-75 and F-100 alternative local preparations: results and challenges ." The Pan African Medical Journal 21 (2015) : 329
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Purwestri, R. C., Scherbaum, V., Inayati, D. A., Wirawan, N. N., Suryantan, J., Bloem, M. A., Pangaribuan, R. V., Stuetz, W., Hoffmann, V., Qaim, M., Biesalski, H. K., Bellows, A. C.. "Impact of daily versus weekly supply of locally produced ready-to-use food on growth of moderately wasted children on Nias Island, Indonesia ." ISRN Nutrition 2013 (2013) : 412145
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Singh, A. S., Kang, G., Ramachandran, A., Sarkar, R., Peter, P., Bose, A.. "Locally made ready to use therapeutic food for treatment of malnutrition a randomized controlled trial ." Indian Pediatrics 47 , no. 8 (2010)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Ray, S.. "Micronutrient supplementation, dietary intervention and resulting body weight gain of severe acute malnourished children–a pilot project study of OJUS Medical Institute ." Indian Journal of Community Health 26 , no. 6 (2014) : 160-165
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Simpore, J., Kabore, F., Zongo, F., Dansou, D., Bere, A., Pignatelli, S., Biondi, D. M., Ruberto, G., Musumeci, S.. "Nutrition rehabilitation of undernourished children utilizing Spiruline and Misola ." Nutrition Journal 5 , no. 3 (2006)
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Caparros Megido, R., Alabi, T., Nieus, C., Blecker, C., Danthine, ., Bogaert, J., Haubruge, E., Francis, F.. "Optimisation of a cheap and residential small‐scale production of edible crickets with local by‐products as an alternative protein‐rich human food source in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia ." Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 96 , no. 2 (2015) : 627-632
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Purwestri, R. C., Scherbaum, V., Inayati, D. A., Wirawan, N. N., Suryantan, J., Bloem, M. A., Pangaribuan, R. V., Stuetz, W., Hoffmann, V., Qaim, M., Biesalski, H. K., Bellows, A. C.. "Supplementary feeding with locally-produced ready-to-use food (RUF) for mildly wasted children on Nias island, Indonesia: Comparison of daily and weekly program outcomes ." Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 21 , no. 3 (2012) : 374
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Nikièma, L., Huybregts, L., Kolsteren, P., Lanou, H., Tiendrebeogo, S., Bouckaert, K., Kouanda, S., Sondo, B., Roberfroid, D.. "Treating moderate acute malnutrition in first-line health services: an effectiveness cluster-randomized trial in Burkina Faso ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 100 , no. 1 (2014) : 241-9
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Leyvraz, M., Rohner, F., Konan, A. G., Esso, L. J. C. E., Woodruff, B. A., Norte, A., Adiko, A. F., Bonfoh, B., Aaron, G. J.. "High awareness but low coverage of a locally produced fortified complementary food in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Findings from a cross-sectional survey ." PLOS ONE 11 , no. 11 (2016) : e0166295
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Owino, V. O., Irena, A. H., Dibari, F., Collins, S.. "Development and acceptability of a novel milk-free soybean-maize-sorghum ready-to-use therapeutic food (SMS-RUTF) based on industrial extrusion cooking process ." Maternal & Child Health 10 , no. 1 (2014) : 126-134
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Dani, V., Stav, A., Pendharkar, J., Satav, K., Sadanshiv, A., Adhav, A. S., Thakare, B.. "Community-based management of severe malnutrition: SAM and SUW in children under five in the Melghat tribal area, central India ." ENN Field Exchange 52 (2016) : 27
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Bhandari, N., Mohan, S. B., Bose, A., Iyengar, S. D., Taneja, S., Mazumder, S., Pricilla, R. A., Iyengar, K., Sachdev, H. S., Mohan, V. R., Suhalka, V., Yoshida, S., Martines, J., Bahl, R.. "Efficacy of three feeding regimens for home-based management of children with uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition: a randomised trial in India ." BMJ Global Health 1 , no. e000144 (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
  • Other
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Magnin, M., Stoll, B., Voahangy, R., Jeannot, E.. "Most children who took part in a comprehensive malnutrition programme in Madagascar reached and maintained the recovery threshold ." Acta Paediatrica 106 , no. 6 (2017) : 960-966
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
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
Thapa, B. R., Goyal, P., Menon, J., Sharma, A.. "Acceptability and efficacy of locally produced ready-to-use therapeutic food nutreal in the management of severe acute malnutrition in comparison with defined food: A randomized control trial ." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 38 , no. 1 (2017) : 18-26
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Sulistiyono, P., Herawati, D. M. D., Arya, I. F. D.. "Rebon shrimp powder addition influence to nutritional values, organoleptic properties and acceptance of supplementary food by children aged 4-5 years old ." Kesmas: National Public Health Journal 11 , no. 4 (2017) : 168-172
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted