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10/07/2015 - 11:53

Global food production has reached an all-time high, however one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted - approximately 1.3 billion tons. Post-harvest food loss is one of the leading causes of food insecurity for millions of farm families around the world, impacting their nutrition, health, and financial stability.

Here’s how the World Food Programme's supply chain expertise is helping to achieve Zero Loss for Zero Hunger:

1) Improved storage and handling practices among small-scale farmers

Thanks to WFP's deep field presence and supply chain expertise, we know that simple and affordable steps can drastically reduce food losses. Improving storage infrastructure and sharing storage best practices can increase the availability of food on local and regional markets, leading to improved food security and increased resilience for smallholder farmers. 

09/23/2015 - 11:36

As Chief Air Transport Officer, Pascal Vuillet leads operations for the WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Ethiopia. UNHAS provides passenger air services for the humanitarian community, enabling them to reach and carry out life-saving work with isolated populations in some of the world's most remote and challenging locations that are not served by commercial airlines. He took the time recently to speak with us about his job, the highlight of his time working for WFP, and what it takes to head operations in Ethiopia every day. This is what he had to say.

I manage UNHAS, WFP’s humanitarian air service, in Ethiopia

Tomson Phiri
07/24/2015 - 10:37

Nestled in a far eastern corner of Chad lies the dusty town of Goz Beida. It's vast, orange-colored landscape stretches as far as the eye can see, and is particularly noticeable from the sky. For the thousands of humanitarian workers who travel to Chad each year, flying is often the only way to reach more than 2.4 million food-insecure Chadians and around 500,000 refugees and asylum seekers throughout the country.

The Goz Beida airstrip is a crucial link to the Dar Sila region, one of the most vulnerable areas in Chad, where it serves as the busiest regional destination of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), managed by the World Food Programme (WFP). However, following more than a decade of UNHAS flights, the airstrip gradually deteriorated, rendering air operations unsafe - a situation that would have worsened with this year’s seasonal rains.

07/03/2015 - 14:18

At the recent 2015 Fleet Forum Annual Conference, The World Food Programme's (WFP) Afghanistan team was recognised with an award for their achievements in delivering food to hard-to-reach locations – thanks to the efficient and effective management of WFP-owned trucks.

Despite a challenging environment, WFP successfully re-launched operations in pockets of the country that were previously inaccessible, allowing WFP to reach remote communities with food assistance. At the same time, WFP also managed to reduce costs through optimisation efforts.

Francesca Ciardi
06/25/2015 - 18:20

In the aftermath of the recent Nepal earthquake, a group of six local women found their way to WFP's Humanitarian Staging Area in Kathmandu, determined to support the humanitarian operation in any way they could. With a little luck, plenty of determination and the guidance of a seasoned logistician, it wasn't long before the women were managing stocks, driving forklifts and doing just what they came to do.

“‘I want to volunteer. Just tell me what I can do to help.’ This is all she said,” recalls Bruno, a Logistics Officer seconded from German NGO Welthungerhilfe, about his first encounter with Richie, one of six Nepalese women who reached out to WFP to offer their support to the emergency teams on the ground.  

06/09/2015 - 17:07

The World Food Programme (WFP) faced an unprecedented number of large-scale emergencies in 2014, from the ongoing crises of Syria and South Sudan to the multiple challenges of the Ebola response.

See how the Logistics team dealt with these challenges in our 2014 report, helping WFP to reach around 80 million people last year witrh critical food assistance.

We also made progress in three priority areas, covering WFP's ability to provide:

  • common logistics services
  • comprehensive supply chain management
  • capacity development of national disaster management authorities and supply chain systems

Interested in finding out how we did it? Click here to read the report!

Leighla Bowers
06/05/2015 - 17:15

The World Food Programme (WFP) relies on its logistics capacity to reach an average of 80 million people each year. While speed and planning are essential, WFP is also committed to environmentally sustainable operations wherever possible. Below are five key ways that WFP's 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. All new vessels are contributing to reducing pollution where possible, including special ship designs that lower fuel consumption, as well as use low content sulphur fuel. In addition, ecological containers featuring bamboo flooring or low consumption refrigerator containers are also being used.

Leighla Bowers
05/21/2015 - 14:32

Since the escalation of the conflict in Yemen, WFP has been working tirelessly to reach desperate families with life-saving food assistance. WFP is also helping humanitarian partners to deliver assistance by providing critical logistics support and services. Here are six ways that WFP is supporting the humanitarian community in Yemen:

1) Setting-up a strategic staging area in Djibouti for rapid dispatch of food and relief items. WFP, as lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, has established a logistics hub in Djibouti for the humanitarian community to receive, store and send urgently required food and relief items by air and sea. Given its close proximity to Yemen and existing storage, airport and port facilities, the Djibouti hub is well-placed to rapidly consolidate and dispatch humanitarian cargo.

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.