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The World Food Programme (WFP) draws-up Special Operations (SOs) to speed-up the movement of food aid, regardless of whether the food is provided by the Agency itself. Typically, they involve logistics and infrastructure work and are designed to overcome operational bottlenecks. As the United Nations' leading logistics agency, WFP is well placed to resolve these problems.

Special operations can cover:

  • repairs to roads, bridges, railways;
  • repairs to airports, port infrastructure and equipment;
  • intermittent airlifts;
  • provision of common logistics services including Joint Logistics Centres and communications initiatives.

Special Operations create the specific infrastructure needed for Emergency Operations

Such operations require input from a wide range of logistics experts, from those who upgrade ports and requisition warehouses, to truck drivers and telecom specialists.

Other organisations frequently rely on WFP logistics to reach the world's most hostile environments.

Special Operations are short-term in nature and usually complement Emergency Operations (EMOPs) or longer Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRROs). Special Operations are funded by donor appeals carried out separately from the plea for funds covered under an EMOP or a PRRO.

Looking for a list of Special Operations? Visit the WFP Operations Database.