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WFP, Alibaba join forces to fight hunger


(China), Nov 7 (IANS/AKI) The UN and Chinese giant have formed a strategic partnership to support efforts eliminate hunger globally by 2030.

and Alibaba Partner and of the Sun Lijun signed an agreement at in Hangzhou,

Under the accord, Alibaba will lend its cutting-edge technology and resources to support the digital transformation of WFP's operations. In particular, Alibaba Cloud, the arm of Alibaba, will work with WFP to develop a digital "World Hunger Map".

The map will monitor global hunger and operations to end the scourge by 2030 - one of the UN's key Sustainable Development goals - and aims to boost the efficiency of interventions and shorten emergency response times.

"Alleviating global poverty and fighting hunger is the shared vision of Alibaba and WFP," said Sun.

"We look forward to joining the global campaign of fighting hunger using our innovative technologies in data intelligence and cloud computing, as well as sharing our experience in and worldwide."

Beasley lauded the strategic partnership as a milestone in the relationship between WFP and China's private sector. "We now have a great ally in the fight against hunger," he said.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 14:00 IST