How ICTs Help WFP Increase Food Security in DRC

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By Arjun Puri – ICTworks – 9 May 2016

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Upheaval, uncertainty and instability are common in conflict stricken countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The World Food Programme (WFP) reports more than 60 percent of the population lives below the poverty line in DRC, with national food scarcity and chronic malnutrition running rampant in these settings. In this type of situation, the humanitarian community steps in to help fight hunger and provide access to food for vulnerable civilian populations.

Better Data Collection

WFP’s mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) team is leveraging open source mobile and voice technologies to improve timely data collection regarding food supply and access in collaboration with the population which is facing food scarcity themselves. One of the ICT tools being deployed by the WFP mVAM team is Verboice, a low-cost, open source interactive voice response system (IVR) technology created by InSTEDD…

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