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Virtual Logistics?

It is a logistician’s dream. Well, besides new trucks and paved roads, this new development will make their jobs a lot easier -- especially when planning and implementing emergency logistics operations.

Setting up a Sub-Office in the Bush: a Voice from the Field

No electricity, no clean water, no telephone, and a hut with a straw roof. This is what would become the WFP sub-office in Ango, Democratic Republic of Congo. In February 2011, we began working in this village located in the region of Uélé to bring food assistance to those displaced after the attacks of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). When we arrived, there was virtually no infrastructure – only a few brick houses, two cars, and no UN presence.

South Sudan: A Day In The Life Of A Humanitarian Helicopter

Have you ever hopped on a helicopter to deliver food assistance to South Sudan? We hadn’t either -- But luckily, some of our colleagues in the field have – and they’ve put together a photo diary of a recent mission by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), showing exactly this. On 17 January, this air operation not only brought much needed food assistance to those affected by conflict in Jonglei State, but it also responded to an unexpected emergency call.

Enhancing emergency preparedness with the Logistics Intervention Fleet

At the onset of an emergency, Logistics can be seen in many places -- WFP trucks move in, vessels with food aid dock at the ports and sometimes airlifts quickly fly in much needed assistance.  The side of Logistics that most may not see is what’s going on behind the scenes.

A well-deserved award for the humanitarian sector

The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards are given each year to companies that have achieved outstanding levels of performance and innovation within the logistics industry. With about 20 categories of awards ranging from supply chains of innovation in technology, to retail, to aerospace, the winners are commonly private sector companies such as UPS, Unilever or Virgin Media.

Introducing the Logistics Cluster in Yemen

 Lively, optimistic and personable. These are some of the words that can describe Qaseem Ghausy, the WFP Logistics Cluster Coordinator based in Sana’a, Yemen.

Responding to the Philippines floods

Two years ago, “KC” arrived at the WFP Philippines office, based in Manila, as a Logistics Assistant. During her time with WFP, she has been involved in her fair share of typhoon and flood response operations, each of which has helped prepare her for her latest task. As part of a four-person logistics team coordinating the WFP relief effort for the recent floods, KC and her colleagues have had their work cut out for them. In this interview, she explains why.

Japan Special Operation: together we achieve more

 The moment I stepped out from the metro station in central Tokyo on 16 March 2011, I noticed that the Capital was so strangely dark and quiet. The UNU HQ building, where the WFP Tokyo outpost is, was freezing cold as the heating system had been shut down. There was barely any traffic, most of the shops were closed and food items had disappeared from the shelves of stores. I had never seen Tokyo in such a state in my life. 

Aging gracefully: WFP Afghanistan's historic truck fleet

When Kiyoyuki Kobayashi joined WFP in 1990, little could he have imagined that his career with the organization would be inextricably tied up with the destiny of a group of Hino trucks. And yet, across two continents and more than two decades, he has been the godfather of the trucks that still today make up the backbone of WFP’s fleet in Afghanistan.

Bringing aid by air to the Horn of Africa

Geoffrey Mwangi is the Somalia Coordinator of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and also the supervisor to all airlifts destined for, and leaving from, Kenya and Somalia.