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From Rice ATM to Amala ATM, Garri ATM

A woman fills a plastic bag with rice from a 24/7 automatic rice dispensing machine in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 11, 2020.

Swipe your ID - and wait for a few seconds, rice comes out of the "rice ATM". Photo shows a woman filling a plastic bag with rice from a 24/7 automatic rice dispensing machine in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 11, 2020 (CNN). If you are planning physical distancing, that is the real deal. I think Nigeria would be a good place for this - of course, we need to have electricity to make this work. Simply, it would have been better when you consider that sending people money at a time few markets and shops are open may not really help them. It would be better if the government buys the foodstuffs and distributes the items  “scientifically”. Amala ATM, rice ATM, garri ATM, you name them!

 

The sort of thing Nigeria urgently needs, because any palliative or gift that cannot go directly from the giver to receiver here is ineffective, and largely fraudulent; so no point repeating something that never works well.

But again, who will be stocking and restocking the machines? A lot of bad guys to really fight against. They can still load five bags when you instruct them to load ten, so the machine must accurately account for everything, including the identity of recipients and quantities received.

It's all good!