With over 795 million undernourished people in the world today, 30% of which are in Africa, aid organizations have a need to increase the traceability of aid and maximize its efficiency.
In collaboration with World Food Program, FAMOCO provides in 37 countries an off-the-shelf solution to digitalize food assistance vouchers.
Since mid-2016, personalized NFC cards have been distributed to support more than 10 Million beneficiaries and dedicated NFC reader have been given to merchants. Beneficiaries collect their nutrition allowance from local merchants. Each smartcard stores beneficiary entitlements and biometric data to ensure that it can only be used by the person to whom it’s been issued.
The aim is to provide an efficient and valuable alternative to paper voucher system, able to reduce the risk of fraud & theft and broaden the choice of merchants & goods for beneficiaries while supporting the local economy. It works online and offline (extremely valuable considering the remote locations where the system is going to operate) and it also offers real-time monitoring and tracking of beneficiary figures, redemptions and reconciliations.
In parallel, to effectively address malnutrition, national government like the one in El Salvador has established a social protection programme for mothers and family members who attend school and community training.
FAMOCO offline monitoring system facilitates integration with existing reporting platforms to incentivise attendance. The protection programme provides cash (in the form of food vouchers) to mothers who visit nutritional check-ups at local health centers.
By augmenting, Government’s technical capacity we are making sure the most vulnerable communities don't fall through the social safety net.
Both ongoing activities have contributed to an increase of nearly 20% more beneficiary who are receiving assistance (with a priority on women and children) thanks to the use of secure digital solutions.
Since 2017, FAMOCO has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. This is the start of a new era in the fight against hunger and will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.