Technology helps aid partners better understand food insecurity

WFP trucks loaded with wheat grain, oil and salt are ready to leave for Amran, a hundred kilometres north of Yemen's capital, Sana
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  • Last month, about 70 per cent of families in each governorate in Yemen were borrowing food or relying on friends and relatives to help them out.

    This is an example of the insights gathered by two UN agencies that are boosting their partnership to share and visualize food security data.

    Dianne Penn reports.

    The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, are using mobile technology to increase understanding of how families in war-torn Yemen are coping with hunger and food shortages.

    WFP monitors data collected by phone to track household food consumption in the country.

    Visualization of the data shows how people are struggling to access food.

    The information is then made available on an open source platform run by the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

    The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) contains some 4,000 data sets from aid partners.

    The two UN agencies say food security data shared through the platform is critical to understanding the severity of humanitarian crises around the world.

    Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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