Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade Geo-Spatial Platform (Egyptian MSGP), was designed to support the Egyptian Government achieve its sustainable development goals, with a focus on food security theme, fair nutritional resources distribution, and well-managed grain silos.
The geo-empowerment needs emerged from MSIT's desire to
- Support their decision-making process by acquiring tools to help them link supply with demand across Egypt,
- Identify locations that may be considered “Food Deserts ” and ensure that residents in these areas have access to food suppliers in support of the Egyptian Sustainable development objectives.
- Tighten MSIT’s supervision on food supplier and identify violation hot spots
- Reach out the public and enhance their accessibility to services supported by MSIT
- Field Data Collection Mobile Application is a system aiming to collect indicators from the field to help monitor the food security system and ensure the delivery of needed food rations to the public. Access to the data collection forms was granted to local offices to ensure that MSIT data is continuously updated.
- MSIT Operations Dashboards present key indicators pertaining to MSIT in an easy and comprehensive manner for the decision makers. The dashboards included strategic commodities indicators, highlighting data related to strategic wheat storage within each governorate, presenting storage capacity within each locality compared with existing stocks stored and the minimum mandatory threshold.
- MSIT Information Portal is a platform for the identification of geographical locations that need to be nurtured, with the associated indicators related to the mapping of supply and demand of the public spread across the country to ensure sustainability of the food security system. The portal highlights the locations of critical MSIT assets such as grain silos, bakeries, citizens’ service centers, ration distribution shops, etc. MSIT assets were represented on a geospatial map to visualize their geographical distribution and their location data was linked with their primary data such as description, type, capacity, operator, and so forth.
- MSIT Public Application is directed to serving citizens in locating the nearest facility that can provide them with services.
The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade Geo-Spatial Platform (Egyptian MSGP) has many aspects of success and excellence, as well as lessons learned to disseminate and replicate to benefit other countries, in particular:
- Platform sustainability: The platform was built with a special focus on capacity building, knowledge transfer to MSIT Staff to ensure they are empowered to continue operating and updating the platform with the necessary content.
- Unification of resources: The platform provided a centralized geo-enabled repository, which hosts the different datasets pertaining to food security and nutrition, thus empowering a one-stop shop portal, which hosts supply and demand data, with an easy to use and intuitive web GIS functionality for searching, discovering and analysis.
- Enhanced decision support: Having a unified platform for food security helps decision makers access accurate data in a timely manner, thus supporting the decision-making process and enabling fast response. Moreover, maintaining the content within the platform helps with the creation of historical data, which will eventually support trends analysis and prediction.