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Ride-sharing company Uber has developed and donated a version of its software to help the United Nations. deliver food in Ukraine.

The system is designed to assist the World Food Program (WFP) in providing emergency assistance to citizens affected by the Russian military campaign.

Uber’s software technology is designed to coordinate and follow the delivery of people and food in real time. The ridesharing service operates in major cities around the world.

WFP’s version of Uber’s software will enable the UN to deliver food aid in small vehicles in densely populated areas of Ukraine. Some large WFP vehicles found it difficult to safely deliver goods to Ukrainian cities.

The UN said the system will help WFP workers better coordinate requests to transport food aid from UN warehouses. It will also allow WFP to fully track path of small vehicles and confirm that deliveries have been made.

This photo shows food aid being loaded onto a delivery van for those in need in Ukraine.  Ride-sharing company Uber has developed and made available a version of its software to help the UN World Food Program deliver food to Ukrainian cities.  (Uber)

This photo shows food aid being loaded onto a delivery van for those in need in Ukraine. Ride-sharing company Uber has developed and made available a version of its software to help the UN World Food Program deliver food to Ukrainian cities. (Uber)

In addition to food, WFP also provides money to victims in need.

“If you are a Ukrainian living in a hard-to-reach part of a city under fire, the chances that the UN will be able to provide rescue assistance to you and your family increase,” the UN said. said in a recent statement.

These efforts have already resulted in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, the statement said.

The UN noted that the WFP storage center or warehouse is close to where Ukrainian forces fought Russian forces. The new system has allowed small vehicles to successfully deliver groceries to other areas of Dnipro, the report said.

Deliveries using the software have also been made to other parts of the country, the UN said. These include the cities of Lviv, Vinnitsa, Kyiv and Chernivtsi.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February set off an ongoing conflict that has left thousands dead and millions forced to flee their homes. Large areas across the country were badly affected.

Matthew Hollingworth is the WFP Emergency Coordinator for Ukraine. He said Uber’s technology has enhanced the organization’s ability to help “those most affected by the war in Ukraine.”

Dara Khosrowshahi is the CEO of Uber. He said the company was pleased to offer WFP the specially developed software free of charge.

He said that the system supports a network of cars and small vans that can deliver to “points within 100 km radius WFP warehouses across the country.”

WFP said in a statement that over the past three months it has rapidly expanded its activities in and around Ukraine. It says that by the end of June, the organization intends to provide food and money to more than 3 million people across the country every month.

I’m Brian Lynn.

Brian Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English based on reports from Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Uber and the United Nations World Food Program.

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Words in this story

deliver -v. to transport things from one place to another

coordinate -v. organize all the different parts of the activity

track -v. record the progress or development of something

van – n. a vehicle used to carry things, but smaller than a truck

radius – n. a certain distance from a certain point in any direction

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