UN World Food Programme

EC gives €3 million to WFP's global network of life-saving humanitarian response depots

WFP has welcomed a €3 million contribution from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) aimed at strengthening the globe-straddling network of five Humanitarian Response Depots that WFP manages on behalf of the humanitarian community.

WFP has welcomed a €3 million contribution from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) aimed at strengthening the globe-straddling network of five Humanitarian Response Depots that WFP manages on behalf of the humanitarian community.

The HRD network enables the humanitarian community to coordinate the immediate delivery of relief aid quickly, cheaply and efficiently

John Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications

“Commission support to the network of Humanitarian Response Depots is a concrete measure to put into action our ambition to reach people in need faster and with the right kind of help in order to save as many lives as possible,” said Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

“It will also strengthen the cooperation between different humanitarian actors such as non-governmental organisations and the United Nations.”

"Fastest means possible"

“It means that, at the onset of an emergency, relief items can be deployed to the theatre of operations using the fastest means possible.”

Humanitarian Response Depots (HRDs) are the cornerstones of a world-wide global response system that pre-positions strategic reserves in five key locations: Accra in Ghana, Brindisi in Italy, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Panama City in Panama and Subang in Malaysia.

The depots hold basic supplies (food, shelter, medical kits) and operational support equipment including prefabricated offices and living accommodation, communications gear, logistical items and the like.

Shared commitment

“The HRD network enables the humanitarian community to coordinate the immediate delivery of relief aid quickly, cheaply and efficiently,” said John Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications.

“ECHO’s partnership in this WFP initiative illustrates our shared commitment to establish a predictable and robust capacity to respond to crises wherever they occur,” he said.

The EC’s aid will fund the strengthening of the depot network and the pre-positioning of logistical supplies and relief items at all depots, with a particular emphasis on Dubai.