Inspire Challenge 2018 Proposal

Revealing informal food flows through free Wifi

Despite of being the main source of food for the poor and also of food safety hazard, food flows at traditional and informal markets are largely invisible. This means that informal flows are mostly ignored in urban food planning and programming.

An idea to solve this

This project proposes to characterize and monitor food flows between traders, retailers and consumers in Hanoi, Vietnam by providing free Internet to a series of wholesale and markets around the city. Project partners CIAT and GSO will survey actors and track in space and time all the devices (connected or not) in the range of the router and signal amplifiers. By crossing the data gathered the initiative aims to model food flows and linked actors at key markets

The predicted impact

Unraveling informal food flows will contribute to identify better policy and planning options to upgrade distribution channels in a way that benefits the poor.

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Contact one of the team members below to ask how you can help realize this idea.


Nguyen Cong Thang | Email
Agriculture Department Vice-Director, General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam

Stef De Haan | Email
Senior Scientist at CIAT

Louis Reymondin | Email
Scientist at CIAT

Dharani Burra | Email
Data Scientist at CIAT

Huong Pham Thi | Email
Research Assistant at CIAT