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Teaching the nuts and bolts of truck repair in Juba

A whiteboard sits in the middle of a shipping container that’s been converted into a classroom. On it is a list of words: ‘Relay, Battery, Sensor, Alternator, Fuse, Starter.’ A group of students watches and listens as two teachers explain the intricacies and understandings of how currents travel through a truck engine.

WFP and Renault Trucks are on a road trip!

Starting on 29 October 2012, WFP and Renault Trucks have together embarked on a three-month journey. What's this all about? Read more to find out!

Managing a Warehouse in East Darfur

Aziza is the only female storekeeper at the WFP sub-office in El Daien, East Darfur State, Sudan, a place where WFP provides food assistance to 156,000 people per year. With such a large number of Darfurians depending on WFP, staff members like Aziza are essential to ensuring that the right amount of food is delivered to the right number of people. We had the chance to hear about her job in East Darfur, and what it means to be the last staffer to send off WFP food for delivery.

Scaling Up Operations In Syria

Simon Hacker is a Logistics Officer based in Syria, and is part of the team managing the expansion of WFP’s emergency response. We got the chance to talk to him about the rapid scale-up and what this means in terms of logistics. Here is what he had to say:

Here's to Ten Years of WFP and TNT!

It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating a Ten Year Anniversary with our longest, and very first, private sector partner - TNT. Reflecting over the last decade, TNT has been there for us, and more importantly, our beneficiaries. They have also helped to show that businesses can make real impact on the lives of vulnerable communities around the world. In this special post, we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge their contribution in helping us to fight hunger.

Driving for WFP in South Sudan

The road infrastructure in South Sudan can be challenging. Seasonal rains which occur from March to October turn roads into mud and streams into rivers. WFP uses its fleet of over 70 trucks in South Sudan, 20 of which are its own, to navigate the rising waters as best they can.

Celebrating Our Humanitarians Across the Globe

On August 19th, the world celebrates its humanitarians across the globe. A humanitarian can come in many forms, but in simple terms they all have one thing in common: they strive to help people, whoever and wherever they are. Here we meet three staff members who are working in WFP's air, land, and sea operations, and hear what they are doing to assist those in need. 

Two Niger Refugee Camps Through the Lens of a Logistician

As of July 4th, Niger is home to nearly 43,000 Malian refugees, according to UNHCR. Malians have crossed the border into Niger, fleeing violence and seeking haven in their neighbouring country. Two refugee camps in particular are located near the town of Tillia, at the south-western border with Mali, where WFP is distributing food assistance. With the help of a WFP logistician-turned-photographer, we see who WFP is helping in this camp.

Sorghum, Silos, and a Salute

Piero is deployed as a WFP logistician, sent on mission to Nigeria to manage the coordination and transport of a huge quantity of Nigerian sorghum, intended to aid those affected by drought in neighbouring Chad and Niger. Having arrived recently in the country, Piero has been busy setting up operations in a country where WFP has no offices, presenting some challenges to say the least. Writing from Abuja, he tells us more.

From Desert to Airstrip in Mauritania

Humanitarian response is in many ways an intricate web of people, equipment and infrastructure. Roads, rivers and rail act as our connections, transporting aid workers and cargo across countries and regions. Without one of these connections, the system may function, but not as efficiently as possible. Vulnerable areas can be left off the grid, and aid workers may find it difficult to reach people in need.