3 Jun 2013
When Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared the country’s drought a national emergency on Friday 17 May, WFP’s support in taking that decision was instrumental. The Namibia Country Office is providing technical assistance for assessments in the country’s 13 regions through a trust fund mechanism. Building the capacity of national governments and local partners is a WFP investment priority.
The first annual overview on WFP Logistics has been published. We're operating around 5,000 trucks, 30 ships, and 50 aircraft on any given day, but that's not all. In addition to assisting the humanitarian community, strengthening core partnerships, and sharing our logistics expertise, we've also been building new areas of innovation in supply chain management. Have a look here and see what else we've been up to in 2012!
31 May 2013
Earlier this month experts and ministers from 37 countries converged on Costa do Sauípe, Brazil, to debate options for strengthening school feeding programmes for millions of children worldwide. WFP’s Victoria Cavanagh attended the event as part of a delegation from Zimbabwe and sent us this blog.
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.