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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Treating moderate acute malnutrition in first-line health services: an effectiveness cluster-randomized trial in Burkina Faso

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
Countries
  • Burkina Faso
Nutritional Problems
  • MAM

Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition with ready-to-use supplementary food results in higher overall recovery rates compared with a corn-soya blend in children in southern Ethiopia: an operations research trial

Karakochuk, C., van den Briel, T., Stephens, D., Zlotkin, S.. "Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition with ready-to-use supplementary food results in higher overall recovery rates compared with a corn-soya blend in children in southern Ethiopia: an operations research trial." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 96 , no. 4 (2012) : 911-6
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Ethiopia
Nutritional Problems
  • MAM

Trial of ready-to-use supplemental food and corn-soy blend in pregnant Malawian women with moderate malnutrition: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Callaghan-Gillespie, M., Schaffner, A. A., Garcia, P., Fry, J., Eckert, R. , Malek, S., Trehan, I., Thakwalakwa, C., Maleta, K. M., Manary, M. J., Papathakis, P. C.. "Trial of ready-to-use supplemental food and corn-soy blend in pregnant Malawian women with moderate malnutrition: a randomized controlled clinical trial." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 106 , no. 4 (2017) : 1062-1069
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Malawi
Nutritional Problems
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
  • MAM

Tubaramure, a food-assisted integrated health and nutrition program in Burundi, increases maternal and child hemoglobin concentrations and reduces anemia: A theory-based cluster-randomized controlled intervention trial 

Leroy, J. L., Olney, D. K., Ruel, M. T.. "Tubaramure, a food-assisted integrated health and nutrition program in Burundi, increases maternal and child hemoglobin concentrations and reduces anemia: A theory-based cluster-randomized controlled intervention trial ." Journal of Nutrition 146 , no. 8 (2016) : 1601-1608
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Burundi
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women

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

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
Countries
  • Burkina Faso
Nutritional Problems
  • MAM

Whole cowpea meal fortified with NaFeEDTA reduces iron deficiency among Ghanaian school children in a malaria endemic area

Abizari, A., Moretti, D., Zimmermann, M. B., Armar-Klemesu, M., Brouwer, I. D.. "Whole cowpea meal fortified with NaFeEDTA reduces iron deficiency among Ghanaian school children in a malaria endemic area." The Journal of Nutrition 142 , no. 10 (2012) : 1836-1842
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Micronutrient products (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Composition
Countries
  • Ghana
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted

Willingness to pay for lipid‐based nutrient supplements for young children in four urban sites of Ethiopia

Segrè, J., Winnard, K., Abrha, T. H., Abebe, Y., Shilane, D., Lapping, K.. "Willingness to pay for lipid‐based nutrient supplements for young children in four urban sites of Ethiopia." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. Suppl 4 (2013) : 16-30
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Use
Countries
  • Ethiopia
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted
  • MAM