We fill in the knowledge gaps together with with NGOs, UN agencies, research organizations and suppliers.
Listed below are some of the projects we are currently involved in
What is the optimal raw material composition and product type for treating moderate acute malnutrition?
For Copenhagen University and MSF Denmark's clinical trial TreatFood, we have developed 12 different foods which all meet the specifications in WHO's Technical Note on supplementary foods for the management of moderate acute malnutrition in infants and children 6 - 59 months of age. What differs between the products is the product form: 6 products are lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) and 6 are corn-soy blends (CSB). Furthermore, the products contain different amounts of milk powder and different types of soy protein. The study, carried out in Burkina Faso with ALIMA as the implementing partner, has just been completed.
How acceptable is a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food based on wheat?
Carried out by the University of Bergen, Norway, and the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Repulblic of Congo, we have tested the acceptability of our new RUTF, BP-100 Paste. The product was well liked by children 6-24months, who ate it at home for 3 days. Although taste and organoleptic preferences might differ culturally, this product is a clear alternative to the peanut-based products.
Can vitamin B12 supplementation from 6 to 12 months of age improve cognitive development?
For a clinical trial by Tribuvan University, Nepal and the University of Bergen, Norway starting in 2015, we have tailored our eeZee20 lipid-based supplement for the needs of the study: one of the products will contain no vitamin B12, whereas the other product will contain 2 microgram per serve.
How acceptable is a bar/biscuit Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food?
As part of a large acceptability study under the WFP and DSM partnership, the acceptability of our wheat-based compressed RUSF eeZeeBAR has been tested. The study was carried out in Burkina Faso. Children consumed more energy per portion porridge made of eeZeeBAR compared with standard Supercereal and Supercereal Plus.