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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.

12/04/2013 - 10:33

The challenges of getting food and relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have been largely related to logistics. In certain locations, infrastructure suffered significant damage, and WFP has worked hard to assist the Government and the humanitarian community in its response by setting up key logistics lifelines.

11/15/2013 - 16:26

Just a week ago, one of the strongest typhoons to ever make landfall crashed into hundreds of islands throughout the Philippine archipelago, affecting more than 11 million people.

In less than 24 hours, the WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) leapt into action for the people of the Philippines, organizing the dispatch of essential food and relief on behalf of WFP, government and humanitarian partners.

10/31/2013 - 12:14

Delivering food that ‘final mile’ is not only the last leg in our supply chain, but it’s the one that can be the trickiest. Sometimes WFP drivers and mechanics have to think creatively when faced with roads that are too rocky, too muddy, or just plain impassable. These three short stories show what some of our logistics staff are doing to solve them.


South Sudan: Getting stuck in the mud in the mountain village of Lokwa, Kudo Payam
by Mohammed Adil, Fleet Manager

Emmanuel Drouhin
10/09/2013 - 15:07

Special nutrition products make up a growing share of the food WFP provides to the world's hungry. But transporting it can be a major logistical challenge. A new set of guidelines published by WFP explain how to manage the complex supply chain necessary to deliver these food products intact.

Making sure that beneficiaries get the right food at the right time is a crucial element to the success of WFP operations. The nutritional well-being of the people it serves is paramount. Indeed, the use of specialised nutritious foods in our operations has dramatically increased in the last years.