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What it Takes to Deliver Food in Syria: WFP Staffer on the Ground Tells His Story

Since the start of the WFP emergency operation in Syria back in August 2011, we haved moved over 11,000 trucks loaded with food across the country. Yet sometimes our trucks are caught in the crossfire or stopped at checkpoints run by unknown militants. Every day, WFP makes difficult decisions, and has often managed to secure the release of confiscated trucks and food, feeding thousands of vulnerable families each month.

A Mechanic’s Life: No Gloves for Juliet

When Juliet arrives at work each morning, she could be any desk-bound staffer, neatly coiffed and attired as she sits down with her coffee to check on email. Then comes the daily transformation: she slips on blue coveralls and heavy black boots, a woman as comfortable in the dusty grease pit under a Toyota Land Cruiser as behind a computer.

Future Logistics Hub in Djibouti to Aid Humanitarian Operations in the Horn of Africa

Droughts have plagued the Horn of Africa for decades. In 2011, East Africans experienced one of the worst in over sixty years, and millions lost their harvests and livestock. While droughts are not easy to predict, reoccurrences in the region are unfortunately inevitable. But what can be done? In response to future natural disasters, a new WFP project will help to aid the humanitarian response.

WFP Logistics in 2012!

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!

 

 

Improving Local Infrastructure in Somalia

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.

Mission Accomplished! High Fives To All

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.

WFP Sudan Land Transport Team Wins International Award

'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.

The Long Journey to South Sudan

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.

 

'Moving House' for a U.N. Peacekeeping Mission

The largest logistics service provision contract in WFP’s history is nearly complete. Over the course of nearly two years, WFP has helped to move over 3,000 pieces of heavy equipment, containers and vehicles for a large U.N. peacekeeping mission – an effort that has spanned four East African countries and crossed the waters of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

The Art of Repairing Your Truck Fast in DRC

What do you do when your truck breaks down — the only one that can steer through the cratered tracks, thick mud and dense jungle that defines driving in DRC — and the spare parts you need are located a continent away?