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TECHNOLOGY, Tunisia’s education ministry to implement meal tracking system
Friday, 13 April, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Tunis, a blockchain-based start-up focused on supply chain tracking, signed with Tunisia’s ministry of education to implement a blockchain-based tracking system for its school meals programme.

The government of the African country operates a school meal programme designed to offer one fresh meal a day to underprivileged students in its primary and secondary educational system.

In seeking to improve the system and to track the quality of the meals provided, the education ministry is now exploring the utilisation of blockchain-based tracking.

The implementation will involve an initial roll-out to a scheme to feed 1,500 primary school kids, with the goal of ultimately rolling out to the scheme to all 4,00,000 Tunisian school children currently receiving food assistance once successfully trialled.

The meal programme currently serves approximately 6,000 schools. In recognising the importance of nutrition as a 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.

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

In achieving these goals, the ability to track the delivery of the meals, as well as possible aspects on the best utilisation of funds, are key measures of success for the programme.

“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,” said Maria Lukyanova, WFP representative and head of country office, Republic of Tunisia. 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 directly to the ministry in real time.

Further, it will train personnel on the ground to utilise and maintain the technology for the foreseeable future.

“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,” said Andrew Rasheed, founder and chief executive officer,

The WFP expects to use the technology developed for this programme to assist with the delivery of food in other missions around the world.
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