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Data project for World Food Program nominated for DCHI Award Best Humanitarian Innovation

Tilburg University’s Optimus-WFP project that uses data analytics to make the UN World Food Program more efficient is one of the eight nominees for the Best Humanitarian Innovation Award of the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation.

The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation is comprised of governmental actors, knowledge institutes, academia, businesses, and humanitarian organizations in the Netherlands who develop and scale innovative solutions to increase the impact and reduce the costs of humanitarian action.

The innovation Tilburgs that data scientists developed for WFP concerns a model that enables more efficient food distribution to people in need using many different data sources. The groundbreaking aspect of the model is that it uses a flexible rather than a fixed composition of ‘food baskets’ while maintaining the nutritional value, which makes it possible to for instance purchase food locally and save millions.

Prof. Hein Fleuren and Koen Peters, who are involved in the project as initiator and researcher, will attend the award ceremony.

For more information about the project see www.tilburguniversity.edu/impact.