Research Gaps: Missing information in the existing literature
As new research is published, we track where knowledge gaps are filled, what questions remain, and what new questions emerge.
Research gaps in food aid that we're monitoring:
Which food products do recipients enjoy eating and have the fewest side effects?
- How well does a food aid product align with children's taste preferences?
In what ways can we improve communication between key actors in food aid to generate better programs, products, and processes?
- How can information about food aid be shared better?
Which ingredients offer the best prevention or treatment for undernutrition?
- Do animal or plant proteins lead to better growth outcomes? - What is the minimum quantity of protein to achieve desired nutrition outcomes? - Do cereal or lipid-based products have better outcomes?
What are the relative costs and outcomes of different food aid products or programs?
- Which products are the most effective at improving nutritional outcomes and cost the least?
How well do different food compositions and interventions prevent or treat undernutrition, when implemented "on the ground"?
How well do different food compositions and interventions prevent or treat undernutrition, when implemented in a completely controlled environment?
What novel food-based products and programming methods effectively prevent and treat undernutrition?