The World Food Programme is using technology to create a world in which is doesn’t, well, have to give away quite so much food.
CALL UP A mental image of the World Food Programme’s work, and you’ll most likely envision lines—endless lines of hungry people. Lines so long that field workers occasionally erect shelters to shield the waiting crowds from the scorching sun. Lines that, eventually, lead to towering piles of sacks stuffed with wheat and rice that must last those receiving them, and their families, for a month.
Such lines always have been considered a necessary evil of delivering aid to those who need it most. But the World Food Programme is working on technology that could make those lines—and even the food stations they lead to—a thing of the past.
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