Introducing ‘Food Banks’ in Tunisia by the WFP
Tunisia is a small nation located in the north of Africa. In 2018 the Ministry of Education & World Food Programme recognised nutrition plays a significant role in a healthy educational system.
Children, especially from more rural regions, may not be able to gain sufficient nourishment due to economical reasons. This does not only impact their ability to learn and participate in school but their general health and wellbeing.
In 2018 the Ministry of Education and the World Food Programme worked together on implementing a food bank system. This involved food storage warehouses used to distribute food in the event of emergencies or food shortages.
Initially the entire delivery and tracking process was done via paper, which very quickly led to more challenges across the board.
Designing for low-bandwith regions
It was important for us to keep into consideration the fact that our end users did not all have access to fast, highspeed internet connection. With this in-mind we were forced to keep our interfaces and infrastructure as lightweight as possible.
Introducing a more secure way for tracking deliveries
One of the main drivers for the implementation of a new system was security. The World Food Programme wanted to ensure that drivers were accountable for the delivery of their package. A unique pin would be automatically generated for each delivery.
Simplifying stock management for supermarkets
We wanted to ensure the content management system for supermarkets was not over engineered. Since they would only have limited types produce, we decided to build for the ‘current’ needs. Keeping the items as the primary categorisation.
Since Food banks and schools both needed to make orders, we wanted to standardise the entire experience. This allowed us to create a similar experience for both use cases, which ultimately sped up the integration of the entire system in Tunisia.
OOESCO’s managerial view
Devery also requested a top-level view for OOESCO. A view that allowed the team to moderate and view the status of what was happening at any given time.