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 - 12 of 12 Results
Langendorf, C., Roederer, T., de Pee, S., Brown, D., Doyon, S., Mamaty, A., Touré, L. W., Manzo, M. L., Grais, R. F.. "Preventing acute malnutrition among young children in crises: A prospective intervention study in Niger ." PLOS Medicine (2012)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Cash transfer
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
  • MAM
Khan, A. I. , Kabir, I., Hawkesworth, S., Ekström, E., Arifeen, S., Frongillo, E. A., Persson, L. A.. "Early invitation to food and/or multiple micronutrient supplementation in pregnancy does not affect body composition in offspring at 54 months: follow-up of the MINIMat randomised trial, Bangladesh ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. 3 (2013) : 385-397
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
  • GAM
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
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
Kerac, M., Bunn, J., Seal, A., Thindwa, M., Tomkins, A., Sadler, K., Bahwere, P., Collins, S.. "Probiotics and prebiotics for severe acute malnutrition (PRONUT study): a double-blind efficacy randomised controlled trial in Malawi ." The Lancet 374 , no. 9684 (2009) : 136-144
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Jones, K. D., Ali, R., Khasira, M. A., Odera, D., West, A. L., Koster, G., Akomo, P., Talbert, A. W., Goss, V. M., Ngari, M., Thitiri, J., Ndoro, S., Knight, M. A. G., Omollo, K., Ndungu, A., Mulongo, M. M., Bahwere, P., Fegan, G., Warner, J. O., Postle, A. D., Collins, S., Calder, P. C., Berkley, J. A.. "Ready-to-use therapeutic food with elevated n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content, with or without fish oil, to treat severe acute malnutrition: a randomized controlled trial ." BMC Medicine 13 , no. 1 (2015) : 93
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Isanaka, S., Langendorf, C., Berthé, F., Gnegne, S., Li, N., Ousmane, N., Harouna, S., Hassane, H., Schaefer, M., Adehossi, E., Grais, R. F.. "Routine amoxicillin for uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition in children ." The New England Journal of Medicine 374 (2016) : 444-453
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Pandya, V. P., Joshi, I. V., Sheth, A. M., Kadri, A. M.. "Studying the effectiveness of mixed models of community based and institutional based interventions for management of severe acute malnourished children ." International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences 3 , no. 7 (2015) : 1758-1764
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Jayson, L., Passarelli, S., Suri, D., Maganga, G., Marcus, S., Webb, P., Rogers, B.. "The price of oil: Behavior change communication and increased oil ration improve mothers' uses of vegetable oil in preparing food aid rations for children in Malawi ." The FASEB Journal 29 , no. 1 Supplement 898.21 (2015)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
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
Avula, R., Frongillo, E. A., Arabi, M., Sharma, S., Schultink, W.. "Enhancements to nutrition program in Indian Integrated Child Development Services increased growth and energy intake of children ." The Journal of Nutrition 141 (2011) : 680-684
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • GAM