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Zero Hunger Lab’s ENHANCE in finals Tech4PositiveFutures

Published: 29th June 2020 Last updated: 29th June 2020

More than 2 billion people lack food security. How can we all be provided with food, especially in times of global distress or famine? Through AI and Big Data and in close collaboration with the World Food Programme, Johns Hopkins University, and Cap Gemini, the Zero Hunger Lab aims to answer these questions with Project ENHANCE: Environment, Nutrition and Health Analytics for National, Consumer and Emergency diets. ENHANCE was the only Dutch project selected to compete in Capgemini’s global challenge Tech4PositiveFutures to seek out the best technical solution that can create a positive future by addressing existing societal issues.

What is Tech4PositiveFutures?

13 finalists were selected from a total of 162 projects to compete at a global level—Project ENHANCE was the Tech4PositiveFutures entry of Capgemini Netherlands. Tech4PositiveFutures (T4PF) is a Capgemini initiative to bring together technology, business, and society to create and enable a better world.

What is Project ENHANCE?

Every year, more than 2 billion people in the world have no food security. At the same time, climate change, population growth, and now a global health crisis raise concerns about the sustainability of our diets. Food production and transport lines are breaking down. These days, there is a wealth of information available worldwide about diets and food systems, from nutritional value of a food to the sustainability of its production. However, these systems are often scattered and difficult to access. Project ENHANCE aims to solve these problems through a centralized data platform.

With data science and advanced analytics, we can evaluate and optimize diets for low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Using state-of-the-art models and insights straight from the scientific world, we can balance factors like affordability, nutritional value, healthy diet criteria, and sustainability—directives that we, as global citizens, need to consider to solve world hunger once and for all, both at a policy and at a consumer level. Johns Hopkins brings in nutritional expertise, the United Nations World Food Programme real world cases and ground expertise, Capgemini the technology to set up and host such a platform, and Tilburg University’s Zero Hunger Lab the optimization expertise to construct the best diets in terms of affordability, environment, and health.

The project didn’t win the competition. Nevertheless the project’s partners are continuing the project. Companies who are interested in funding this project are invited to contact prof.dr.ir. Hein Fleuren (fleuren@tilburguniversity.edu).