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What the Eagles have to say about WFP Logistics

I have worked with WFP Logistics for two years from 2006-2008. I was based in HQ, but did a couple of missions, to Mozambique in 2008 and to Myanmar later that same year. Last week I returned to WFP and to Logistics after a year and a half away, doing a Master's degree in Holland. Upon return, my boss, Peter, asked me to write a post on what it was like to come back, what remained the same and what had changed. This is that post.

The FIAT N3 Is The Workhorse Of WFP's Operations In The Somali Region Of Ethiopia

The Somali region of Ethiopia is not an easy place to work. Clan disputes, banditry, searing heat and endless miles of harsh terrain make it one of WFP's most challenging missions. Food distribution in the region would be all but impossible were it not for a fleet of ailing, decades old trucks that are a key part of WFP Ethiopia's operations.

WFP Teams In The Philippines Preparing For Possible Eruption Of Mt Mayon Volcano

Two months ago, two Russian built Mi-17 helicopters were rolled out of the belly of an IL-76 transport aircraft at Manila's international airport.

First Commercial Container Offload In Malahayati Port, Aceh

On the evening 19th December the MV JATIWANGI PB 400 arrived in Malahayati Port from Batam to discharge 41 x 6 meter fully loaded containers and 50 x 6 meter empty containers. This was the first time that commercial containers had 'crossed the rail' in Malahayati Port since the site devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

First Test Version Of SDI-T GeoPortal Launched At WFP

Our associates over at the Logistics Cluster's GIS Unit just sent us the following news item regarding their newly released Spatial Data Infrastructure for Transport (SDI-T) Geoportal. We thought important enough that we decided to share with you. In order to provide you with a little background information we thought we should include the following:

WFP Shipping's New Real Time Vessel Tracking Application

Following last week's post covering green technologies currently being considered by WFP Shipping we bring you an update on some new advances in the Shipping department. If you remember, in our green tech story we wrote that,

Top 10 Green Trends And Technologies In Shipping

In order to focus attention on the UN's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen we have decided to focus on the top ten trends and technologies in shipping for our latest post. Significant advances in shipping technology have made this sector one of the main innovators in carbon emission reduction technologies.

First Person Account Of Pandemic Response Training In Action – Man Collapses On Flight To Lusaka!

WFP was recently invited to provide logistical expertise at a 3-day pandemic response training in Lusaka, Zambia. Both the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell and WFP's Logistics Development Unit supported the training.

WFP Initiates Barge Operations in Haiti

WFP Haiti, in conjunction with the Logistics Cluster, has initiated barge operations from the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince in support of emergency preparedness for the hurricane season. With the prohibitive cost of air operations, and the highly insecure environment on land, the waterways provide smooth transit for humanitarian goods and materials along coastal waterways.

WFP’s Central American Centre for Humanitarian Response In El Salvador Responds To A National Disaster

On November 7th torrential rains caused massive flooding throughout El Salvador after Hurricane Ida swept through the region. For WFP's Central American Centre for Humanitarian Response based near San Salvador it was the first time they were faced with responding to a national disaster.