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Infrastructure is a key component in the fight against hunger. The World Food Programme (WFP)’s Building for a Sustainable Future vision embodies a belief that bold infrastructure paves the way for reaching global humanitarian objectives and ensures a better future for the people we serve.

Our engineering work bridges the divide between humanitarian and development activities. Whether stemming from an emergency or the request of a government for technical assistance, an investment in infrastructure is an investment in a country’s recovery, resilience and long-term food security.

Globally, there are approximately 200 WFP engineers, architects and technicians working in more than 45 countries. These projects connect communities to markets, provide easier access to food and lower the risk of devastating food insecurity.

WFP engineers work in the most remote locations and under extremely challenging circumstances. The team provides the most cost-effective, high-quality, timely and sustainable infrastructure to help both WFP and the broader humanitarian community reach those in need and have safe facilities to store food supplies.

Whenever possible, WFP Engineering proposes cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in our humanitarian operations and new infrastructure. For example, the newly inaugurated safe evacuation centres in Cambodia are supplied with groundwater pumps powered by solar energy. Projects implemented in WFP guesthouses, country offices and warehouses include energy-efficient lighting installations, high-efficiency A/C units, solar water heaters, and upgrading or installing of insulation or shading material to reduce heating/cooling demand.

WFP Engineering oversees the entire process of an infrastructure project, from the initial planning and design solutions, providing a range of technical assessments, surveys and construction management. Rigorous contracting standards are applied to every project.

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What we build

Access and logistics infrastructure
This includes building or rehabilitating roads, bridges, airstrips, shipping ports, food-storage facilities and humanitarian staging areas, among others. This ensures not only that food and non-food items are efficiently stored and distributed, but also that people are better connected to markets and other essential services.
Community infrastructure projects
From the construction of school kitchens to the implementation of irrigation systems, markets, bakeries and nutrition centres, WFP engineers build the foundations of thriving communities through small and medium-scale projects that address the unique challenges faced by vulnerable populations.
Safe and secure facilities
We rehabilitate and construct compounds, office facilities and secured guesthouses in complex environments for WFP and other UN workers.