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New Deal for Fleet Management

A new software application doesn't really sound so thrilling, we know.  But for our Fleet Management Team the launch of the  web-based Fleet Management System (FMS) was truly an exciting achievement.  With 13 country offices already using the FMS and all countries where WFP trucks operate scheduled to be linked in by the end of 2010, we persuaded our Strategic Fleet Manager, Jean-Francois “Jeff” Milhaud, into telling us all about the process of building the FMS for WFP, what it does and what it brings to the organisation. Here's what he told us.

UNHAS is flying in!

When we asked Philippe Martou, our Deputy Chief of Aviation, if he could fill us in on the helicopter operations in Pakistan, we were expecting numbers and runs etc..  What we got was a peek inside what WFPs work and staff are all about.  This is what he had to say:

Shipping Trucks to Niger

The food crisis in Niger is currently WFP’s biggest concern. National, regional, cross-regional and intercontinental food aid procurements are converging to landlocked Niger to face the new operational demands. Thus, an increased transport capacity to rapidly deliver the incoming aid is a parallel imperative.

We Deliver to Save Lives

Logistics is at the core of WFP operations. Each year, WFP distributes over five million metric tonnes of food and relief cargo, facing the challenge of reaching an average of 100 million beneficiaries across some of the toughest terrain on the planet.  Here's how:

Loggie of the Year

The yearly WFP Staff Awards of Merit ceremony was held recently.   Among the awards, one is dedicated to logistics: the Tun Myat Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Logistics. This year, Matthew Dee, the WFP Deputy Head of Logistics in Somalia, was chosen.

Nepal's Super Highway

In today’s fast paced world of technological evolution, it is easy to think that delivering food has become easier.  However, in the extreme mountain terrain of Nepal, technology has had no place, at least not until now.  Delivering food using yaks and mules along impervious trails and paths through the mountains has been common practice for WFP Logistics, sometimes taking cargo up to three weeks to reach the most remote locations.  

UNHRD - Accra is Up and Running

In 2006, WFP Logistics embarked on the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) network project with the aim of replicating globally the Brindisi rapid response base. The UNHRD Network initiative supports WFP in meeting its corporate goal of being prepared to respond to four large scale emergencies at any given time as well as augmenting the emergency response efforts of UN, International, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations.

OOPS! We did it again!!!

 Many organisations share the need to make knowledge available where Internet connectivity is a challenge.  So what's the solution? OOPS!

Championing Aviation Safety

The second annual LOG.LEO Awards ceremony took place on 31 March at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.  Each year, the LOG LEO awards are given to people who are in the logistics/transport business.  This year, one of WFP's own took home one of the awards.

The Longest Road - Part III of III

Part I and Part II

It was in early 2005, with the support of global shipping giant TNT and the Moving The World Programme, Robin's team was quickly able to get people on the ground and enter the final phase of the process. It is not always easy to establish a new program in a country but luckily they had buy in from the Malawian Ministry of Health and the help of a skilled individual who had experience working in Malawi. Seconded to them was logistics specialist, Alastair Cook, who had previously helped establish a school feeding project for WFP. Upon his arrival he wasted no time putting the pieces together to get the project rolling.