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A Gateway to Safe Passage

Early in the morning on April 3rd, the first trucks start to arrive as the sun rises over the WFP Logistics Depot in Abéché, Chad.

Calm, Serene -- and a Logistics Master

He has an unassuming appearance. With a calm and serene disposition, and dressed in worn jeans with a rustic plaid button-down, you wouldn’t guess Peter Schaller to be the man behind WFP’s entire humanitarian aid effort of the intense Pakistan floods in August 2010. But his passion for the work he does and the people whose lives he works to save is undeniable.

From Holidays to Emergency Operations: The Life of a WFP Logistician

Omar Ali, the former Logistics Coordinator for WFP Libya, was on vacation when WFP began mobilizing its expert logisticians to North Africa. He had just returned to Headquarters, fresh from holidays.

10 Reasons to Repair Roads in South Sudan

The impact of the South Sudan Road Project reaches far beyond delivering food aid.  The vast majority of all commercial and humanitarian activities as well as the delivery of social services by the Government of Southern Sudan have directly benefited from the WFP roads programme.  Here’s how.

Rehabilitation of the Mogadishu Port: Despite the challenges, much has been achieved

Last year, we published several stories on the rehabilitation work at the Mogadishu port in Somalia.  It is now a year later and despite the extremely volatile security situation, the challenges that are by now ‘par for the course’ in Somalia, much has been accomplished. Take a look.

WFP Aviation Safety Brings Training to Russian Operators

The WFP Aviation Safety Unit once again proves that its efforts in reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing safety awareness are far reaching.  Indeed efforts in the past have not gone unnoticed.  

Transporting Hope: WFP Logistics in the Fight Against AIDS

Several months ago we published a series here called ‘The Longest Road’.  It was about the creation of 'wellness centres' along transport corridors in Southern Africa in an effort to reduce the impact of AIDS on the transport sector.  WFP Logistics in DR Congo initiated the “Transporting Hope” project in 2009, and today, are celebrating the opening of the first wellness clinic in Lukala on the Matadi/Kinshasa corridor, established in collaboration with the North Star Alliance who manages the wellness clinics programme throughout Africa.

Port Captain Finally Experiences Last Leg of Delivery, Meets Beneficiaries

WFP Regional Port Captain, Michael Larkins, is involved in the discharge of fully loaded large ships at the seven main entry ports situated across the West Coast of Africa.  Currently he is based in Cotonou, Benin, where he oversaw this summer’s massive port operations for landlocked Niger, some 800 km to the north. Last week, after 30 years of on-and-off collaboration with WFP, Michael covered the final leg and looked in the beneficiaries’ eyes.

Joining Forces in an Emergency - Logistics Emergency Teams (LET)

Three major commercial logistics companies, UPS, TNT and Agility, created the Logistics Emergency Teams (LETs) unit, a cross-company partnership to support humanitarian relief efforts during natural disasters. The LETs initiative is the first multi-company commitment to the humanitarian sector. And it’s working. Hear it from the same LET members deployed in Haiti in January and who presented at the recent “Logistics Emergency Team (LET) training.”

A Glimpse into the Logistics Response Team Training

"Its 5am and as usual I’m awake before the alarm. Today I’m a little nervous, anxious even, in particular about my assignment; team leader of ‘Brin 2’, a fictional logistics response team, deployed to a fabricated earthquake in an invented country, all conceived and conjured up in the mind of Bernard Chomilier – head of the Logistics Development Unit (LDU) at WFP and the Wizard of Logs….