JAKARTA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a US$1.25 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) to support WFP’s Disaster Risk Reduction Programme (DRR) in Indonesia.
Indonesia is a “high risk” country in terms of exposure to multiple, often devastating natural hazards, as it lacks the resilience to cope with such disasters. In view of this, WFP is working closely with the National and Provincial Disaster Management Agencies (BNPB and BPBD) together with the Social Department and the National Logistics Office (BULOG) to train civil servants at the national and district levels to enhance the government’s capacity in responding to disasters.
“The DRR capacity development programme demonstrates WFP’s commitment to building the skills and knowledge of emergency responders in Indonesia. Disaster risk reduction is a priority for WFP, as the impact that disasters have on food-insecure and vulnerable people can be devastating,” says Peter Guest, WFP Indonesia Deputy Country Director.
The key components of the programme include logistics, supply chain and warehouse inventory management as well as emergency hub practical training. The primary participants of the trainings come from various government agencies who have critical roles in times of emergencies, namely, BPBD from three provinces of Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), and Papua, the Social Department Offices of NTB and NTT and NTT BULOG.
"Getting assistance quickly and efficiently to people affected by disasters is the primary goal of all Disaster Management offices; and logistics and supply chain management is key to making this happen. WFP is the lead UN agency for emergency logistics and has a lot of experience that can be shared with Indonesian partners. USAID/OFDA is pleased to be a partner in this programme," says Andrew Sisson, USAID/Indonesia Mission Director.
The first in a series of DRR capacity development training sessions is set to take place this week in Kupang, NTT province. The trainings across five provinces will run until December 2013.
“Nusa Tenggara Province needs to improve its emergency response capacity and its resilience. An improved DRR capacity will help us bounce back from the impact of any kind of disaster,” explains Fransiscus Salem, Provincial Secretary of NTT Province.
WFP’s disaster risk reduction policy focuses on building the resilience and capacity of the most vulnerable people, communities and countries, by working with governments and key partners to ensure food and nutrition security, while also reducing disaster risks and protecting and enhancing lives and livelihoods.
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