How blockchain is helping WFP’s fight against coronavirus in Bangladesh

New system serving 500,000 people in Cox’s Bazar is empowering women and helping families maintain social distancing

Anwara, a Rohingya refugees in Kupatalong, the world’s biggest refugee camp, receives food assistance facilitated by blockchain, a digital ledger linked to a credited card. WFP/Nihab Rahman.
A QR code allows for people to be identified without the need to handle potentially contagious devices. Photo: WFP/Brook duBois
Fixed baskets of food assistance reduce the need for people to visit shops. Photo: WFP/Brook duBois
Anwara is the only member of her family living in the Kutupalong refugee camp. She depends entirely on WFP for food assistance. WFP/Nihab Rahman.

‘She struggled coming to the shop since she has young children at home while her husband would go for work every day.’

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