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Logistics Augmentation for Somali Region Operations

This Operation has been modified and extended in time until 31 December 2010 as per Budget revision 05 (see below).

The purpose of this Special Operation is to address a number of logistical bottlenecks and challenges that WFP is facing in the Somali region of Ethiopia. The humanitarian crisis in the Somali region of Ethiopia has recently further deteriorated due to continuing drought and an unstable security situation.

WFP’s implementing partner, the Ethiopian Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency (DPPA), which is responsible for secondary transport and delivery to final delivery points (FDPs), is struggling to overcome various logistical challenges.

The situation is further exacerbated by the need for escorted convoys that prolong transit times. Moreover, only a limited number of long-haul transport companies are willing to work in the Somali region as the long-haul trucks are often unsuited for the bad road infrastructure.

In order to address the limitations of the current logistics set-up in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and in order to deliver food commodities in a timely manner, WFP will temporarily take on secondary transport and augment the logistics set up through: 

  • setting up two hubs where food can be received and dispatched for delivery to FDPs;
  • establishing a secondary transport system using local transport companies organised in a dedicated commercial fleet;
  • setting up fuel stocks; 
  • enhancing the information management and communication flow between all stakeholders on truck movements, food stocks, dispatches and deliveries to hubs and FDP’s.

As per Budget Revison 2, this operation has been extended until 31 December 2009 to ensure the continued operation and cover for the expansion of, WFP’s hubs and storage facilities.

WFP Offices
Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)0
Beneficiary needs ($US)564,392,135
Donors - 2014 ($US)
Donors - Directed contributions
Multilateral contributionsUS$ 29,392,693
USA91,867,223
Ethiopia47,744,876
United Kingdom46,831,057
Saudi Arabia42,000,000
Canada22,721,763
UN CERF15,811,601
European Commission14,585,573
Japan4,200,000
UN Common Funds and Agencies (excl CERF)3,528,018
Switzerland2,435,240
Private Donors1,737,847
Norway1,403,300
Finland1,367,989
Ireland1,152,283
France1,075,505
Germany1,019,022
Threats to food security
  • Rainfall patterns (droughts and floods)
  • Land degradation (deforestation and soil erosion)
  • Population density
  • Infrastructure development
  • Insecurity and conflict
  • Poverty
  • Fall in world prices of cash crops