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Humanitarian logistics: as we are all in it together

I got to know WFP when I started as an aidworker for IFRC in Angola back in 1994. I remember the only way I could send my telecoms cargo to remote upcountry locations, was on planes managed by WFP and UNDPKO (UN peacekeeping). The only way I could fly to Ambriz, a totally isolated enclave north of Luanda, was with a WFP plane.

Sudan: When the weather gets bad

Up here at HQ in Rome, everyone runs around with a sad face. Summer is over. We had the first fall rains and thunderstorms. Temperatures dropped by that bit, turning "comfortable" into "chilly" in the evenings... I mean... look at that weather forecast... Only one day of sun in the next 10 days.

WFP Commences Operations At Gwadar Port, Pakistan

On August 6th, 2009 the bulk freighter M/V Yuehai, with 42,855 Metric Tons (MT) of wheat onboard, left the Port of Dunkerque bound for Karachi, Pakistan.  For years various bulk shipments have made their way from this port bound for WFP programs around the world, but this time what would happen to this shipment at the other end was anything but routine.

Video Interview With Matthew Hollingworth, Head Of ALITE And Logistics Cluster

A few weeks ago we posted a video interview with Pierre Carrasse, the Head of Aviation for WFP, which you all seemed to enjoy. At that time we promised you a follow on session with another member of the logistics team. This week we bring you an interview with Matthew Hollingworth who is the Head of ALITE (Augmented Logistics Intervention TEam) and Logistics Cluster.

WFP Repairing Somalia's Mogadishu Port

Following the devestating tsunami that struck the region in 2004, Mogadishu port has struggled rebuild itself. The heavy fighting in the Mogadishu city has made it nearly impossible for major repairs to be undertaken before now.

Alastair Cook - Living On A Cultural Faultline

The following are extracts from Alastair Cook's field journals. We wrote about his effort to chronicle his adventures for his stories in A Father's Passion. In the following outtakes Alastair writes about the daily life of a WFP Logistics Officer during the flooding in Kenya in late 2006. At the time of writing his daughters were 15 and 12 years of age.

Women In Logistics - Ghazaleh Namini

Ghazaleh Namini is a fairly low key individual. She speaks softly and her relaxed gaze tends to make you feel as if you are asking all the wrong questions. She doesn't offer up much about her experiences running WFP's logistics operations in Iran but when she does she downplays the facts and emphasizes the importance of the mission.

A Father's Passion

A few weeks ago WFP Logistics Officer Alastair Cook walked in and dropped a 1kg stack of papers on my desk. He wasn't angry, he was just doing me a favor.  I heard from an associate that Alastair was a commited field writer and kept a detailed journal for family and friends back home. As luck would have it he got lost on his way to meeting a wound up walking into our office. I asked him if he would be willing to share what he had written and he responded with, "Sure, I'll drop it by later." Drop it by he did - with a resounding thud. 

Gallery: WFP Logistics Officer Franck Aynes

 A few weeks ago we posted a story about the DRC team and the convoys they were running up to Dungu. WFP Logistics Officer Franck Aynes was kind enough to provide us with information about the operation for our post.

While Franck did not take the Dungu photos he has managed to capture some fantastic images depicting life in the field. We thought it appropriate that we dedicate a post to the daily life of a field officer shot from his perspective. Enjoy!

IRIN News - HOW TO: Do a food airdrop

Our friends over at IRIN News have just posted a story titled: HOW TO: Do a food airdrop We have decided to reproduce the story in full so that next time you decide to drop sacks of food from the sky you'll know exactly how to do it. There's even a diagram to help you figure out when to drop.