The LUCOMA project: acceptability, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a local soy-based RUSF, a fortified blended food (CSB++), or a child-centered counseling to treat moderate acute malnutrition in under-2 children

food technology
food safety
health (human)
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Institute of Research in Health Sciences (IRSS), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Research fields
Agriculture and Food Sciences


This cluster randomized-trial including 18 health centers and more than 2000 children compares the effectiveness of three innovative strategies for treating moderately malnourished children, i.e. a locally produced ready-to-use supplementary food, an enhanced corn-soya blend, or a specific and context-appropriate child-centered counseling.



Research activities & websites by FBE department:  

  • Biocentrum Agrivet (DI62)
  • Centre for Environmental Sanitation (CES) / Prof. Filip Tack
  • Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD)
  • Centre of Expertise for Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis (INBIO) / Prof. Wim Soetaert
  • Food2Know / Prof. Benedikt Sas
  • Ghent Bio-Economy / Barbara Toch
  • Ghent Bio-Energy Valley / Barbara Toch
  • Institute for Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries / Prof. Godelieve Gheysen
  • International Centre for Eremology / Prof. Wim Cornelis
  • Aquaculture R&D Consortium / Prof. Patrick Sorgeloos
  • Vandemoortele Centre "Lipid Science and Technology" / Prof. Koen Dewettinck
  • VLaams technologisch Adviescentrum (VLAZ) / Prof. Koen Dewettinck