The World Food Program uses the Ethereum Blockchain to provide food to refugees in Jordan. In the first phase, 10,000 refugees will benefit from the program. All other refugees in Jordan and finally the rest of the world will follow. The fact that a London iris scan company is involved makes the thing a bit spooky.
There are some reports, because you do not know whether to be happy or shake. The Coindesk report on a United Nations (UN) blockchain program is such a case.
The UN has begun distributing cryptographically secured coupons to thousands of refugees in Jordan through the Ethereum Blockhain. The innovation accelerator of the UN World Food Program, the Ethereum developers from Parity Technologies, the Blockchain Big Data company Datarelle and the manufacturer of iris recognition iris IrisGuard, are cooperating in the project.
The basic question was how to provide cryptographically secured food stamps to a large number of refugees without access to the Internet or electronic devices such as smartphones. This is probably the iris of the refugees scanned and an account on the Ethereum blockchain linked with this. Afterwards, the refugees can redeem the vouchers credited to them in the shops of the refugee camps. For this a proprietary hardware is developed, which probably connects Irisscan and blockchain access by parity client.
The solution is initially to be tested on 10,000 refugees. The World Food Program, however, plans to extend it to 100,000 refugees in Jordan starting in August and to accommodate the entire refugee population of the kingdom next year. According to Coindesk, the project is not only Jordan but also the other 80 countries in which the UN is active with its World Food Program.
The WFP has already announced in March to use blockchain and cryptic fermentation to combat hunger. The program has increasingly begun to transfer cash and introduce it into the local economies in recent years, as this is the best way to fight food poverty. In the course of this activity, it has also begun to learn about alternative methods to transfer cash, which is fast, cheap, safe and private. In January, the WFP, with the help of a blockchain and a smartphone, succeeded in delivering money and food stamps in the province of Sindh, which is deep in the Pakistani province.
It is natural that cryptic stimuli such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are interesting for an organization that, like the WFP, must distribute money and coupons to all corners of the world. Likewise, it is understandable that the UN is looking for new ways to identify refugees. However, the fact that an account on the Ethereum blockchain is linked to the iris of refugees is already somewhat creepy.
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