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WFP logistics - We deliver
More than 1,030 aid workers have taken a flight with the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) since the operation began nearly three weeks ago. They have flown to 18 remote locations and islands on 160 flights to reach the millions displaced in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
The challenges of getting food and relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have been largely related to logistics. In certain locations, infrastructure suffered significant damage, and WFP has worked hard to assist the Government and the humanitarian community in its response by setting up key logistics lifelines.
Just a week ago, one of the strongest typhoons to ever make landfall crashed into hundreds of islands throughout the Philippine archipelago, affecting more than 11 million people.
Delivering food that ‘final mile’ is not only the last leg in our supply chain, but it’s the one that can be the trickiest. Sometimes WFP drivers and mechanics have to think creatively when faced with roads that are too rocky, too muddy, or just plain impassable. These three short stories show what some of our logistics staff are doing to solve them.
Special nutrition products make up a growing share of the food WFP provides to the world's hungry. But transporting it can be a major logistical challenge. A new set of guidelines published by WFP explain how to manage the complex supply chain necessary to deliver these food products intact.
Imagine manually logging and monitoring the serial numbers for nearly 18,000 spare vehicle parts. Up until six months ago, this is exactly how many of WFP’s truck fleet staff were managing their inventory in more than 50 workshops across ten countries, making spare part management a lengthy process to say the least.
Sustained conflict and widespread insecurity across Yemen has pushed millions into crisis throughout the country. At the same time, a vast humanitarian operation continues to deliver vital assistance day in and day out. In 2013, WFP alone aims to reach approximately five million food insecure and vulnerable people.
It’s nice to read the ways in which WFP’s work is felt by different people. Here’s an example of a poem that was sent to us by author and historian William Lambers, who explains what he believes WFP's impact looks like in Afghanistan - from the perspective of a humanitarian truck.
Since the start of the WFP emergency operation in Syria back in August 2011, we haved moved over 11,000 trucks loaded with food across the country. Yet sometimes our trucks are caught in the crossfire or stopped at checkpoints run by unknown militants. Every day, WFP makes difficult decisions, and has often managed to secure the release of confiscated trucks and food, feeding thousands of vulnerable families each month.
When Juliet arrives at work each morning, she could be any desk-bound staffer, neatly coiffed and attired as she sits down with her coffee to check on email. Then comes the daily transformation: she slips on blue coveralls and heavy black boots, a woman as comfortable in the dusty grease pit under a Toyota Land Cruiser as behind a computer.