Shrinking the Supply Chain
The report by OCHA highlights that as demand for humanitarian assistance rises, humanitarian’s dependence on complex international supply chains presents many challenges, including spikes in demand; hard-to-reach locations; disruptions due to conflict or disasters; and normal supply-chain problems of leakage and spoilage. Current solutions target the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain, and/or focus on reducing the need for foreign goods through local sourcing or cash transfers. However, these efforts fail to resolve some key problems, like vulnerabilities in the supply chain and the disruption to local markets.
There is an opportunity for new technology to simultaneously reduce reliance on complex supply chains, empower local markets, and provide tailored goods by producing them at the “hyperlocal” level.