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Leighla Bowers
04/22/2015 - 17:15

WFP relies on its logistics capacity to reach an average of 80 million people each year. While speed and planning is essential, WFP is also committed to environmentally sustainable operations wherever possible. Below are five key ways that WFP Logistics is going green:

1)   Contracting eco-friendly vessels.                     WFP is working with major shipping companies, which are obliged by industry regulations to use the latest eco-technologies in order to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance.

04/20/2015 - 10:04

The beginning of 2015 brought torrential rain to the southern regions of Malawi, resulting in historic flooding and prompting the President of Malawi to declare a state of emergency across 15 of the country’s 28 districts. More than 600,000 people are in need of food assistance.

Under the leadership of Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs, relevant government ministries and departments have taken the lead in coordinating the response under areas such as food security, water and sanitation, shelter, and camp management and logistics. The Logistics Cluster is led by the Ministry of Transport and co-led by WFP.

Leighla Bowers
03/31/2015 - 17:04

It's been just over two weeks since Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. WFP is supporting the government-led relief effort by helping organize distributions, logistics services, and providing extra food to supplement government packages for around 160,000 people across 22 islands.

Here are 12 gifs that explain:

1) The first WFP flight arrived in Vanuatu on the evening of 22 March, carrying operational cargo and relief items for humanitarian partners from the WFP-managed U.N. Humanitarian Response Depots in Dubai and Malaysia, and supported by the United Arab Emirates.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Styles
03/09/2015 - 16:21

It must have seemed like history was repeating itself when just over a year after Typhoon Yolanda caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) first alerted the population to another oncoming Typhoon. Predicted to take the same path as Yolanda, Typhoon Ruby was gaining strength as it slowly twisted its way west across the Pacific ocean towards the east coast of the Philippines.

Since Typhoon Yolanda, WFP has been working in close coordination with a number of actors in order to strengthen emergency response capabilities and improve preparedness for upcoming typhoons. As lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, WFP engages private sector partners such as those who form the Logistics Emergency Team (LET).

02/23/2015 - 12:07

India operates one of the largest food safety nets in the world. Through the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Government aims to provide around 800 million people with subsidized monthly household rations each year–that’s about 67% of India’s population.

In 2012, WFP began directly supporting the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to strengthen the existing TPDS.

To do this, WFP led the development of a Best Practice Solution called the ‘TPDS 3S model’, which serves as a national level, technology-led, best practice framework for subsidized food delivery. This model has been endorsed by the Government of India and recommended to all States across the country for consideration in their TPDS reform efforts. [photo|645324]

12/16/2014 - 13:35

In South Sudan, WFP operates its largest humanitarian air operation. Through the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), around 8,000 aid workers are able to reach over 40 remote and isolated locations each month. UNHAS staff operate a fleet of 17 helicopters, and small and medium-sized aircraft to make this possible.

Persistent insecurity and tough living conditions make it a difficult place to work. Nicole is an Air Movement Officer with UNHAS in South Sudan, where she is reminded every day why she has this job. Here she explains what motivates her in this challenging environment.

What I like about working with UNHAS South Sudan is seeing the number of humanitarians flying every day to remote and isolated locations. It gives me a sense of pride to know we are supporting life-saving aid. I feel so happy I am in a position to contribute to that. UNHAS South Sudan is a demanding and challenging operation; you are busy 24/7 and simply don’t see the time passing! As a woman working in the deep field, it has been a great learning experience that totally took me out of my comfort zone.

Elise Gibergues
12/12/2014 - 19:43

After 25 days of uninterrupted work, WFP has finished constructing an Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) for ALIMA, an NGO partner in Guinea. It is now the fourth operational ETC in the country. Venturing into unknown territory, WFP has adopted an integrated approach, cooperating along the way with global medical aid agency Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), ALIMA and the government of Guinea to lead this project.

It's quite dark here when a myriad of small busy silhouettes appear under large external spotlights. A digger excavating trenches suddenly comes into view. Concrete mixers are pouring fresh cement into wheelbarrows that come and go to finalise the alleys. On a roof, a man is nailing the last few rows of hardwood, while another tirelessly saws the planks in a mechanical gesture. It feels like a well-oiled machine, yet this is a first for all partners involved in the construction site.

12/02/2014 - 16:31

In South Sudan, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster runs its largest and most complex operation, supporting the transportation needs for almost 20 humanitarian organizations by road, river and air. As the Deputy Head of the Logistics Cluster based in Juba, it was only natural for Aiedah to find her way here– she’s always been drawn to a challenge.

In 2008, Aiedah took up her first assignment with WFP, working in her come country of Ethiopia.

“I chose to work in logistics because I was passionate about the way one could help people in need, and this job offered the possibility for me to make a direct contribution,” Aiedah says. Dedicated, driven and passionate about logistics, she likes big machines and complex operations.

Victoria Cavanagh
11/19/2014 - 14:28

Another cargo plane is flying from the Italian coastal town of Brindisi to Monrovia, the capital of one of three West African countries being ravaged by the deadly Ebola disease. This aircraft - the fifth chartered plane to leave the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi – is carrying more than USD$600,000 worth of equipment needed to respond to the crisis. Does it look like a bunch of big boxes? It is! But follow the cargo trail below to see how the cargo is reaching remote corners of Liberia and helping the Government, WHO and other organizations fight Ebola.

WFP staff putting goods on airplaneLoading vital supplies

WFP’s storage tents, generators, water tanks and other equipment are loaded onto a chartered aircraft at the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Italy. There are five other UNHRDs around the world that store and dispatch emergency supplies for governments, UN agencies and NGOs when disasters strike.

 

11/12/2014 - 11:15

More than ever before, the humanitarian community is relying on WFP’s logistics team as their ally in the fight against Ebola. International contributions are forthcoming and generous, but the success of this unique emergency response depends on getting critical supplies of protective gear, medical items, equipment and aid workers wherever they’re needed. WFP ‘loggies’ from UNHAS, UNHRD and the Logistics Cluster are working in overdrive. Meet eight of them in Liberia.

Alastair, a New Zealander, usually based in Kenya
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