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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