The DC Central Kitchen is nonprofit organization that prepares 4,500 meals per day for DC’s homeless. The kitchen started in 1989 as an effort by Robert Egger to use surplus food from local businesses to feed the area’s homeless population. Since its creation, the kitchen has also begun to provide culinary training and a catering service.
Michele Noukimi was assigned to chop and prepare vegetables. Noting the strict adherence to hygiene and precision, Michele was worried that the volunteers would not make it through the morning.
Michele added, “By noon, we had chopped cucumbers, radishes, green onions, tomatoes, red cabbage, and carrots. We put them in neatly piled boxes ready to go out to homeless shelters across DC. We felt an immense satisfaction from a job well done.”
Isabelle Hauswald, in a different group, found herself peeling mangos. After she started on the mountain of mangos, Isabelle was engaged one of the staff members in conversation.
“He was a former drug dealer who had spent eight and a half years behind bars. When he was paroled two years ago, his parole officer brought him to DC [Central Kitchen] to be trained as a cook. He sounded happy to be there. He was content to have a decent job with a pay check at the end of the month to pay his bills.”
The communities that the DC Central Kitchen serves are not that different from the communities that Development Gateway seeks to help. Much like the kitchen, Development Gateway attempts to use all of the available aid to help the most people possible.
Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG) hosted a discussion titled "Transforming Food Systems: The Power of Interoperability and Partnerships" at both Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF) 2023 and the recently concluded ICT4Ag conference. Discussions from these critical events revolved around key themes crucial to DG’s ongoing work, including connecting people, institutions, partners, and systems when we think about technology working at scale to transform agriculture. In this blog, we explore three key takeaways from these conversations.
The 2023 OGP Summit in Tallinn, Estonia featured a number of discussions centered on open government in the digital age. While the use of digital tools in government is far from a new idea, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a rapid expansion of this practice, with leaders quickly adapting to remote environments through digitizing government processes
With the aim of improving the efficiency of agriculture data use, Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG), Jengalab, and TechChange—with a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)—recently held a learning event, titled “Digital Agriculture: Building the Agricultural Systems of Tomorrow,” in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants identified two key recommendations for advancing digital agriculture in order to increase food security.