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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.

Ten Things You Always Wanted To Know About WFP Food Airdrops

WFP Sudan recently resumed food airdrops in Jonglei state, South Sudan. In addition to Jonglei state, airdrops are also taking place in Warrap and Upper Nile states.

Kisangani Convoy And The Balenieres Of The Congo

The second longest river in the world, the Congo River's flow is only marginally less than that of the mighty Amazon. Stretching halfway across southern Africa the Congo has long served as a crucial trade route through some of the most impenetrable terrain on earth. Currently, WFP is involved with several operations along the river. Below, we highlight two of those activities.

Another Way Into Ethiopia - Trucks, Rhythm, Food and Life

Every day dozens of WFP chartered vessels ply the oceans of the world en route to distant ports. Laden with food the vessels steer their course towards the continents of Asia, South America and Africa where the need is often greatest. The beautiful highlands of Ethiopia have long struggled to support that proud nation's burgeoning population but have often been unable to meet the demand.

When Visiting Mogadishu Port Don't Forget To Wear Your Helmet And Body Armor

WFP's logistics unit has been working on rehabilitating Mogadishu Port for two years. The port was severely damaged by the 2004 tsunami and by years of fighting and neglect.

WFP's Aviation Safety Unit Receives Award For Its Outstanding Achievements

Exactly ten years ago on a cool November morning a WFP chartered twin prop aircraft lifted off from Rome's Ciampino airport en route to Pristina, Kosovo. Onboard were WFP staff, Italian citizens and personnel from several other humanitarian organizations including several from the United Nation Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). All had just made their way out of the city, along the roadway which cordons Rome and were on their way to a busy day inside the recent war zone.

First Person Account Of WFP Operations In Samoa Immediately Following September's Devastating Tsunami

On the evening of October 5th, WFP Logistics Officer David Allen stepped off a plane on the island of Samoa exactly one week after a powerful tsunami devastated parts of the island nation. The following is his account of the humanitarian logistics response that took place in the days and weeks following the disaster.