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UN uses blockchain to track Tunisian school lunches

UAE, April 12, 2018

Devery.io, a blockchain based startup focused on supply chain tracking, has partnered with the United Nation’s World Food Programme and the Tunisian Ministry of Education to implement a blockchain-based tracking system for its school meals programme.
 
The Tunisian government operates a school meal programme designed to offer one fresh meal a day to underprivileged students in its primary and secondary educational system, said a statement.

The programme is currently managed by the United Nation’s World Food Programme to ensure that the programme is implemented appropriately and the schools have adequate supply of meals for the students that require them.

In seeking to improve the system and to track the quality of the meals provided, the Ministry of Education is now exploring the utilisation of blockchain-based tracking, it said.
 
The implementation will involve an initial roll out to a scheme to feed 1500 primary school kids, with the goal of ultimately rolling out to the scheme to all 400,000 Tunisian school children currently receiving food assistance once successfully trialled, it added.
 
The meal programme currently serves approximately 6000 schools. In recognising the importance of nutrition as part of a broader goal to ensure and improve educational achievements, the Ministry of Education’s programme is aimed to ensure that children from underprivileged backgrounds meet their nutritional requirements.

In achieving these goals, the ability to track the delivery of the meals as well as possible aspects on best utilisation of funds are key measures of success for the programme.
 
Maria Lukyanova, United Nations World Food Programme representative and head of country office for Tunisia, said: “This project is allowing us to explore how supporting innovation, through the introduction of solutions based on blockchain technology, can contribute to strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the Tunisian national school meals programme.”

Devery.io will provide the technical advisory and development capability to build, train and utilise a transparent and more accountable system of tracking the meal deliveries as well as reporting issues direct to the Ministry in real time, said a statement.

Further, Devery will train personnel on the ground to utilise and maintain the technology for the foreseeable future, it said.
 
Andrew Rasheed, founder and CEO, Devery.io, said: “Blockchain technology has the potential to impact billions of people through bridging the gap between the physical and digital world.”

“Ensuring the safe delivery of the food to children via blockchain technology is a cause we truly believe will impact the lives of many to come,” he added.

The World Food Programme expects to use the technology developed for this programme to assist with the delivery of food in other missions around the world, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service




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