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Alastair Cook - Logistics In The Mountains Of Malawi

Several weeks ago we published the first in a series of posts highlighting the work of WFP Logistics Officer, Alastair Cook. It has been a while since Alastair worked in Malawi but we thought we'd bring attention to the situation in the country for our second post.

Gallery: WFP Consultant Diego Fernandez Photographs The World

Diego Fernandez works as a consultant for WFP’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OMEP) in Rome. Prior to his arrival at headquarters Diego held various positions in the field in both Sudan and Indonesia.

The Last Airlift To Akobo, South Sudan

We just received an update from Mats Persson, WFP's Head Of Sub-Office in Bor, South Sudan:

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.