Refani: Research on Food Assistance for Nutritional Impact

A middle-upper arm circumference (MUAC) test is administered on a child in Dadu. Photo: Z. Metlo

The REFANI Consortium is comprised of Action Against Hunger, Concern Worldwide, ENN and the University College London (UCL). REFANI is a 3-year research project funded by UK aid from the UK government, and co-financed through humanitarian aid from the European Commission (ECHO).

The REFANI project aims to strengthen the evidence base on the nutritional impact and cost-effectiveness of cash- and voucher-based food assistance programmes, as well as identify the mechanisms through which this effectiveness is achieved. REFANI outcomes will be:

  1. the creation of high-quality, relevant research that fills gaps in the evidence base;
  2. the accessibility of results and evidence to both technical and non-technical audiences; and,
  3. the successful uptake of REFANI research by key stakeholders in policy and practice.

In their comprehensive literature review, the REFANI consortium partners have identified what is currently known about the nutritional impact of cash transfer programmes (CTPs) in food assistance and nutrition programming, as well as the gaps that remain in the existing evidence base. REFANI has tailored its research to directly target these evidence gaps through a series of nutritional impact country studies in Pakistan, Niger, and Somalia. In tandem to the nutritional effectiveness research, REFANI’s cost-effectiveness analysis will provide critical value for impact evidence. For more details on the research framework, country studies and cost-effectiveness analysis, please see the REFANI Implementation Update.

Finally, REFANI convenes a multi-stakeholder Nutrition Research Steering Committee (NRSC) comprised of external experts and intended to enhance the quality of REFANI outputs and maximize the impact of the research on policy and practice.

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This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK government, and co-financed through humanitarian aid from the European Commission; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies, or the official opinion of the European Union.