UN World Food Programme

Supply-Chain Guide Gets Nutritious Food Where It Needs To Go

Delivering specialised nutrition products to some of the poorest and and most remote locations in the world requires special supply-chain management. Copyright: WFP/Logistics

Special nutrition products make up a growing share of the food WFP provides to the world's hungry. But transporting it can be a major logistical challenge. A new set of guidelines published by WFP explain how to manage the complex supply chain necessary to deliver these food products intact.

Making sure that beneficiaries get the right food at the right time is a crucial element to the success of WFP operations. The nutritional well-being of the people it serves is paramount. Indeed, the use of specialised nutritious foods in our operations has dramatically increased in the last years.

Managing the Supply Chain of Specialized Nutritious Foods

Thanks to a dedicated team within WFP that brought together eight organisations and three academic institutions, WFP is pleased to make available a new publication: “Managing the Supply Chain of Specialized Nutritious Foods’.

These guidelines aim to support the field operations of humanitarian organisations across the globe in better managing their supply chain of these products, consolidating best practices and providing practical guidance in a user friendly guide with answers to the most common questions. 

Do you know how to detect and manage a food incident? Are you aware of how these products are best stacked? Are you aware of best practice for stock management of these products? These are just some of the questions that these guidelines can help to answer.

We invite you to consult the guidelines and diffuse them among your staff and partner organisations, noting that they are currently being translated into French and will be available in the coming months. The team is now working on a training module based on these guidelines.

To share feedback, please email snfguidelines.hq@wfp.org. or contact Logistics SNF focal point Emmanuel Drouhin

This document was made possible with the generous support of our partner Royal DSM