Monitoring food security data through mobile technology

World Humanitarian Summit Blog

by Nadia Berger- World Humanitarian Summit Blog– 5 April 2016

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In rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa’s second largest country with vast fertile lands and thousands of lakes, rivers and streams, one in ten people do not have enough food to eat. Food insecurity – the “availability and adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life” – is one of the major consequences of the 20-plus year crisis that has plagued DRC, especially its eastern provinces. Twenty years of successive wars, skirmishes, rebellions have severely disrupted the entire food production industry.

In North Kivu Province, where more than 700,000 people are internally displaced, the World Food Programme (WFP) relies on new technology to monitor food security data among some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Since 2014, WFP is using mobile phones and voice recognition software to regularly collect food security data…

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