UN's World Food Programme Uses Blockchain To Distribute Rations Among Refugees

Blockchain is a very, very useful technology. Any problem whose solution passes by securing a stream of data and making it unmodifiable could be solved applying some kind of blockchain tech. And away from internet casinos, cryptocurrency exchanges and online shopping, blockchain can still make a difference in more social, real-world applications, Like the one that UN has given it in Jordan.
The UN’s World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger, has begun to use blockchain as a logistics tool to better understand how are the resources used when they arrive at problem areas. In the western Asian republic of Jordan, a pilot program is being run to address the issue of the food distribution Asian republic that has already received more than 100,000 refugees. But how is this tech being used, and why?
The blockchain is being used as an aiding tech to make sure that the resources are being distributed to real people that really need the help, and not to thieves or corrupt officers who use it for other purposes. Every refugee has an allocated number of rations for his family. When refugees go to the food distribution center, their iris gets scanned by a security device, which then goes to record the amount of food that was given to that refugee in the blockchain. In this way, every distribution of food gets recorded.
There are various objectives for this. The first one is to avoid the resources to be taken by corrupt middlemen and third parties. With every operation recorded, you can know who is getting the help and who is not, and there is a daily registry of everything that comes in or out of the store. The second reason has to do with the effective use of the resources. If the UN gives away money, instead of using blockchain to distribute these rations, some individuals would use this money for other things instead. And third but not less important: the opportunity of following of the path of money for those who had donated.
There are certain issues with this system, but it is nonetheless an achievement for blockchain proponents and for the refugees who get their supplies quickly and without middlemen. Another very good use case for blockchain, one that contributes to the social welfare of Syrian refugees.

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