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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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
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
Nisbett, N., Longhurst, R., Barnett, I., Feruglio, F., Gordon, J., Hoddinott, J., Jahan, F., Karachiwalla, N., Roy, S., Shah, V., Siddiki, O. F., Tranchant, J. P., White, J.. "Impact evaluation of the DFID Programme to accelerate improved nutrition for the extreme poor in Bangladesh: Final Report ." DFID (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
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
Fenn, B.. "A cluster RCT to measure the effectiveness and of cash-based interventions on nutrition status, Sindh Province, Pakistan ." ENN Field Exchange 42 (2017) : 61
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • MAM
Matias, S. L., Chaparro, C. M., Perez-Exposito, A. B., Peerson, J. M., Dewey, K. G.. "Acceptability of a lipid-based nutrient supplement among Guatemalan infants and young children ." (2011)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
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
Versloot, C. J., Voskuijl, W., van Vliet, S. J., van den Heuvel, M., Carter, J. C., Phiri, A., Kerac, M., Heikens, G. T., van Rheenen, P. F., Bandsma, R. H. J.. " Effectiveness of three commonly used transition phase diets in the inpatient management of children with severe acute malnutrition: a pilot randomized controlled trial in Malawi ." BMC Pediatrics 17 , no. 112 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
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
Olney, D. K., Bliznashka, L., Becquey, E., Birba, O., Ruel, M.. "Adding a water, sanitation and hygiene intervention and a lipid-based nutrient supplement to an integrated agriculture and nutrition program improved the nutritional status of young Burkinabé children ." The FASEB Journal 31 , no. 1 (2017) : Supplement 455.1
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Houngbe, F., Tonguet-Papucci, A., Altare, C., Ait-Aissa, M., Huneau, J-F., Huybregts, L., Kolsteren, P.. "Unconditional cash transfers do not prevent children's undernutrition in the Moderate Acute Malnutrition Out (MAM'Out) cluster-randomized controlled trial in rural Burkina Faso ." The American Society for Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Locks, L. M., Reerink, I., Tucker Brown, A., Gnegne, S., Ramalanjaona, N., Nanama, S., Duggan, C. P., Garg, A.. "The impact of integrated infant and young child feeding and micronutrient powder intervention on feeding practices and anemia in children aged 6-23 months in Madagascar ." Nutrients 9 , no. 6 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Stobaugh, H. C., Bollinger, L. B., Adams, S. E., Crocker, A. H., Grise, J. B., Kennedy, J. A., Thakwalakwa, C., Maleta, K. M., Dietzen, D. J., Manary, M. J., Trehan, I.. "Effect of a package of health and nutrition services on sustained recovery in children after moderate acute malnutrition and factors related to sustaining recovery: a cluster-randomized trial ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Grellety, E., Babakazo, P., Bangana, A., Mwamba, G., Lezama, I., Zagre, N. M., Ategbo, E-A.. " Effects of unconditional cash transfers on the outcome of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM): a cluster-randomised trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo   ." BMC Medicine 15 , no. 87 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
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
Isanka, S., Kodish, S. R., Berthe, F., Alley, I., Nackers, F., Hanson, K. E., Grais, R. F.. "Outpatient treatment of severe acute malnutrition: response to treatment with a reduced schedule of therapeutic food distribution ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Cardoso, M. A., Augusto, R. A., Bortolini, G. A., Oliveira, C. S. M., Tietzman, D. C., Sequeira, L. A. S., Hadler, M C., Peixoto, M. R. G. , Muniz, P. T., Vitolo, M. R., Lira, P. I. C., Jamie, P. C., ENFAC Working Group. "Effect of providing multiple micronutrients in powder through primary healthcare on anemia in young Brazilian children: a multicentre pragmatic controlled trial ." PLoS One 11 , no. 5 (2016) : e0156194
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Suchdev, P. S., Addo, O. Y., Martorell, R., Grant, F. K. E., Ruth, L. J., Patel, M. K., Juliao, P. C., Quick, R., Flores-Ayala, R.. "Effects of community-based sales of micronutrient powders on morbidity episodes in preschool children in Western Kenya ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 103 , no. 3 (2016) : 934-941
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
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
Bahwere, P., Akomo, P., Mwale, M., Murakami, H., Banda, C., Kathumba, S., Banda, C., Jere, S., Sadler, K., Collins, S.. "Soya, maize, and sorghum-based ready-to-use therapeutic food with amino acid is as efficacious as the standard milk and peanut paste-based formulation for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children: A noninferiority individually randomized controlled efficacy clinical trial in Malawi. ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Delimont, N. M., Alavi, S., Lindshield, B.. "New formulations for fortified-blended foods: the MFFAPP Tanzania efficacy trial ." The FASEB Journal 31 , no. 1 (2017) : Supplement 786.15
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Stevens, B., Watt, K., Brimblecombe, J., Clough, A., Judd, J.. "Development of a locally produced, balanced protein-energy food-based supplement and its acceptance by undernourished pregnant women in Northern Bangladesh ." Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women