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10/08/2014 - 15:49

The Ebola response is requiring the support of the entire humanitarian community. WFP is assisting UN agencies, NGOs and Governments with critical logistics support.

WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa, Denise Brown, describes how we're doing this. "At WFP, we are shifting our gears to keep up with this huge challenge. We’re delivering food, logistics support, planes, helicopters, ships and building treatment centres."

This photo gallery below shows a few highlights.


09/23/2014 - 14:58

Students from Gaza are benefitting from a delivery of school supplies this week, as they begin a new academic year. A humanitarian convoy recently brought these supplies along with other relief items including cooking oil, flour and bed sheets.

[photo:643307] Through the Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (PARC), donations were collected in over 40 local communities in the West Bank, and distributed to shelters and host families of displaced Palestinians. The WFP-led Logistics Cluster has supported the work of PARC by providing free transportation.

Lucy Styles is an Information Management Officer working for the Logistics Cluster in Gaza. She describes that this delivery was far from business as usual.

Leighla Bowers
09/03/2014 - 16:01

Alastair Cook is a WFP logistician deployed to Monrovia, Liberia to support much needed food deliveries across the country, where WFP has reached over 43,000 people since the beginning of July. We were able to speak with Alastair about how things are going in Liberia, and this is what he had to say:

1.  Tell us a little about yourself and where you’ve gone with WFP.

Leighla Bowers
08/13/2014 - 17:38

During 2013 and 2014, the Government of Zambia is undertaking the mass distribution of nearly nine million insecticide-treated mosquito nets, distributing to all provinces across the country. Working together with donors, the UN community, faith-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector, all of the country's ten provinces will be covered. 

As a large part of the national mass distribution plan, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has supported the procurement and delivery of 4.8 million nets to six provinces. In collaboration with the Government of Zambia, three UN agencies – UNDP, UNICEF and WFP – have worked side-by-side to ensure the nets reached 8.2 million people.

06/27/2014 - 16:07

Chances are, you might have seen this symbol before. --->

Originally designed in Japan, “Quick Response” codes are used to encrypt information such as web site URLs, phone numbers, text messages, and even geolocation. They are a digital step past the traditional barcode in that they can store and constantly update information, which can be accessed by just taking a picture of the code with your cell phone.

06/05/2014 - 15:45

Ask Simon Costa, the Project Manager for a new WFP Special Operation aimed at reducing post-harvest losses in Uganda and Burkina Faso. With the right tools and donor support, he’s confident post-harvest losses can be greatly reduced in our lifetimes.

Undoubtedly, this is a big statement–and one that brings about different sentiments depending on who you talk to: hope, scepticism, determination.

Simon is optimistic and committed. He’s been to a number of countries where WFP operates, and has been struck by the debilitating effects post-harvest losses are having on smallholder farming families across Africa. Inadequate storage and poor farming techniques are largely to blame for global harvest losses that can amount around 20% every year.

05/05/2014 - 17:01

National Aviation Safety Officer Hugo du Plessis recently joined a team of WFP Aviation staff and engineers to inaugurate a newly rehabilitated airstrip in the small village of Lukutu, DRC with the arrival of the first flight, UN25W. Hugo describes the impact this airstrip will have on surrounding remote communities, and the reaction of locals upon the flight’s landing near their home.


“On 8 April 2014, I had the privilege to be on board flight UN25W, headed to Lubutu/Katinga, DRC. Ours was the first aircraft to land at this newly rehabilitated airstrip, which kicked off professional reconstruction works by WFP-contracted engineers in December 2013, and has now just recently been completed.

02/07/2014 - 15:40

When bad weather risked holding up urgent food assistance for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the emergency logistics team found an unusual solution…

Story told to Silke Buhr by Segundo Lopez

The good news was that in early January, a vessel arrived in Tacloban from Vietnam carrying 4,500MT of rice… But the weather was so bad that we couldn’t unload. It was raining all the time, and the winds were strong. We couldn’t unload the rice without risk of water damage, and it was getting urgent. Our colleagues were telling us they were facing a pipeline break. We couldn’t risk not bringing food to people who still urgently needed it, when we had 3,500MT of rice sitting at the port!

12/10/2013 - 16:36

Setting up key logistics hubs and operational infrastructure has been the first step to ensuring that food and life-saving relief is able to reach the millions affected by Typhoon Haiyan. One month on, this is what WFP has done.

12/06/2013 - 06:45

More than 1,030 aid workers have taken a flight with the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) since the operation began nearly three weeks ago. They have flown to 18 remote locations and islands on 160 flights to reach the millions displaced in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Managed by WFP, UNHAS provides flights at no cost to the entire humanitarian community and currently has three aircraft based in Cebu, ensuring daily rotations to many affected areas.
Chief Air Transport Officer Jared Komwono heads up UNHAS operations in the Philippines. Besides the hundreds of locations UNHAS serves for humanitarians around the world, Jared explains that what sets UNHAS apart from any other commercial airline is their mission: to fly to remote destinations where others do not usually go.