What novel food-based products and programming methods effectively prevent and treat undernutrition?

Supporting Literature: 
  • Webb, Patrick, Beatrice Lorge Rogers, Irwin Rosenberg, Nina Schlossman, Christine Wanke, Jack Bagriansky, Kate Sadler, Quentin Johnson, Jessica Tilahun, Amelia Reese Masterson, Anuradha Narayan. 2011. Improving the Nutritional Quality of U.S. Food Aid: Recommendations for Changes to Products and Programs. Boston, MA: Tufts University.
  • 2013 Maternal and Child Nutrition series - The Lancet
  • Shoham, Jeremy, et al. "Proceedings of the World Health Organization/UNICEF/World Food Programme/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Consultation on the management of moderate malnutrition in children under 5 years of age." Food and nutrition bulletin. Vol. 30. No. 3 (Supplement). United Nations University Press, 2009.
  • Stone-Jimenez, Maryanne. "Preventing Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) Through Nutrition-Specific Interventions." (2014).
  • Webb, Patrick. "Standards of Evidence for Research on ‘What Works’ in the Management of MAM." (2014).
Long Description: 

- Are cash transfers better than food aid alone?
- Does including a behavior change communication aspect in food aid programs lead to better outcomes?
- Can locally produced foods reduce undernutrition?

Higher Levels of Dairy Result in Improved Physical Outcomes: A Synthesis of 3 Randomized Controlled Trials in Guinea-Bissau Comparing Supplements with Different Levels of Dairy Ingredients Among Children 6 to 59 Months, 5 to 19 Year Olds, and Mothers

Effect Of A Biofortified Food Basket On Micronutrient Status And Immune And Cognitive Function Among Infants In India

Brief Summary:
In this study, a multiple food crops basket (containing four either biofortified or commercially-available food crops) will be fed to young children in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India over a period of nine months to measure growth, cognitive changes, and immune function in comparison to children receiving non-biofortified crops. Lactating women (their mothers) will also be included in the study.

The Effect of a Cash Transfer Program and Preventive Nutrition Packages on Household Welfare and Child Nutritional Status in Mali (Jigisemejiri)

Brief Summary:

In the last two decades, cash transfer (CT) programs have emerged as a popular approach to long-term poverty alleviation. While the main goal of cash transfer programs is to reduce poverty, they also have the potential to improve many development outcomes, such as health and education.

Study of Environmental Enteropathy and Malnutrition in Pakistan SEEM

Environmental Enteropathy (EE) is an acquired sub-clinical inflammatory gut condition in which alterations in intestinal structure, function, and local and systemic immune activation lead to impaired vaccine responses, decreased cognitive potential and undernutrition in low-middle income countries. Approximately half of all global deaths in children aged less than five years are attributable to undernutrition making the study of EE an area of critical priority.

Treating moderate acute malnutrition: Effect of local ingredient based supplementary food in treating Moderate Acute Malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months in Southern Ethiopia: A randomized controlled trial.

This study is commenced to look at the effect of local ingredient based supplementary food in treating MAM among children aged 6 to 59 months. The information drawn from this study will be shared to the public, policy makers and academicians as locally available nutritious foods have a potential to enhance recovery from MAM and reduce the burden of malnutrition.