WFP is the largest humanitarian organization implementing school feeding programmes worldwide. It provides a lifeline to health and nutrition for over 500,000 children in South Sudan, where Cockpit is being implemented under WFP’s COVID-19 Fast Track innovation challenge.
Data collection and analysis is critical to assessing the results of school feeding activities and planning further interventions. The school feeding programme produces a massive amount of data stored in multiple digital and paper-based systems; accessing, gathering and analyzing such fragmented information can be time-consuming. In addition, data collection was hampered by COVID-19 movement restrictions, low or no connectivity, and low literacy levels in rural areas of South Sudan. All these factors hinder informed and timely decision-making, critical during emergencies and crises like COVID-19.
Innovative solutions are needed to automate this process so that WFP staff can adapt and design school feeding activities faster and more efficiently while maximizing impact.