When WFP launched Special Operation 105780 in 2007, there was one main objective: to promote the uninterrupted and timely supply of relief items to vulnerable populations across Somalia. At the time, humanitarian access was very limited; port infrastructures in Somalia were in urgent need of repair and these challenges, coupled with large security risks, impeded the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance. In addition, WFP aimed to reduce operational costs, while building local capacity and supporting a larger framework of economic development.
WFP’s mechanics are essential to maintaining and repairing our global fleet of 650 all-terrain trucks. Sometimes WFP-owned vehicles are the only ones that can reach vulnerable communities in the most isolated locations, navigating rocky terrain, thick mud, and dense jungle. Therefore, making sure they’re in top shape is essential. With around 25 percent of WFP’s trucks based in East Africa, it was an ideal region for a unique, hands-on training project launched jointly with our partner, Renault Trucks.
'Logistics’ is a broad term, referring to an industry bringing together many different skillsets. Likewise, WFP Logistics, the organizations' crucial logistics arm, has expertise in areas ranging from air operations to vessel chartering to land transport. Its skills in one of these areas -- land transport -- won global recognition last week, when the WFP Sudan land transport team received a prestigious international award in humanitarian transport.
Purchase for Progress
8 Apr 2013
A year after the start of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot in DRC’s Equateur province, thousands of participating farmers say they have experienced real change in the way they work and also in their daily lives.
Moving nearly 30,000 metric tonnes of food from the US to the remote regions of South Sudan is no easy task. To preposition it before the April rainy season is requiring not only intense logistics planning, but also hard work to overcome unforeseen challenges. As a Logistics Officer based in Ethiopia, Mike explains the context, detailing the small amount of time WFP has to bring in food to assist nearly 120,000 refugees in this area of the country.
Purchase for Progress
18 Mar 2013
South Sudan’s huge agricultural potential remains largely untapped. By teaming up with partners, the P4P initiative is helping smallholder farmers develop business skills and tap into this potential.