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The Philippines: the Logistics of the Haiyan Response

The challenges of getting food and relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have been largely related to logistics. In certain locations, infrastructure suffered significant damage, and WFP has worked hard to assist the Government and the humanitarian community in its response by setting up key logistics lifelines.

UNHRD: A Frontline Responder To Super Typhoon Haiyan

Just a week ago, one of the strongest typhoons to ever make landfall crashed into hundreds of islands throughout the Philippine archipelago, affecting more than 11 million people.

Stories from the Road

Delivering food that ‘final mile’ is not only the last leg in our supply chain, but it’s the one that can be the trickiest. Sometimes WFP drivers and mechanics have to think creatively when faced with roads that are too rocky, too muddy, or just plain impassable. These three short stories show what some of our logistics staff are doing to solve them.

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

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.

Barcodes and Wifi: A Happy Couple

Imagine manually logging and monitoring the serial numbers for nearly 18,000 spare vehicle parts. Up until six months ago, this is exactly how many of WFP’s truck fleet staff were managing their inventory in more than 50 workshops across ten countries, making spare part management a lengthy process to say the least.

Running on a Full Tank in Yemen

Sustained conflict and widespread insecurity across Yemen has pushed millions into crisis throughout the country. At the same time, a vast humanitarian operation continues to deliver vital assistance day in and day out. In 2013, WFP alone aims to reach approximately five million food insecure and vulnerable people.

An Ode to the WFP Truck

It’s nice to read the ways in which WFP’s work is felt by different people. Here’s an example of a poem that was sent to us by author and historian William Lambers, who explains what he believes WFP's impact looks like in Afghanistan - from the perspective of a humanitarian truck.

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.