MTC will use technology to support WFP in its fight against hunger

(Ecofin Agency) – The WFP aims to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance, to help nations achieve the “zero hunger” objective by 2030. The UN body wants to put technology to profit in the achievement of this objective.

The Namibian operator Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) announced on Monday June 20 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The five-year agreement aims to extend long-term commitments to support the public sector to promote an inclusive digital economy.

Both parties will work to enhance and support programs focused on food systems infrastructure, rural transformation, human capital development and digital solutions. More concretely, the agreement will cover several areas such as digital solutions for smallholder farmers; internships and capacity building for youth and women; mobile financial services and precision and smart agriculture.

This new partnership is part of WFP’s goal of ending hunger and improving socio-economic outcomes for people around the world. In a context marked by the acceleration of digital transformation, the organization “constantly exploring ways to leverage technology to accelerate progress towards food security“.

The technology that MTC will bring is expected to effectively, efficiently and sustainably solve many of the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. These include market access, monitoring and evaluation, and supply chain issues. “We therefore view this MoU as a catalyst for the development of cutting-edge technological solutions for food security, rural transformation and human capital development in Namibia.said Ericah Shafudah (pictured, left), deputy director of WFP in Namibia.

Isaac K. Kassouwi

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