Delivering food to the world’s most remote and challenging locations under precarious security conditions can be one of the toughest yet most important tasks on the planet. An effective emergency response depends on a robust system of coordination across humanitarian organizations and resources to efficiently reach families in need.
As head of the U.N. Logistics Cluster, WFP oversees the delivery of all supplies and staff for the entire aid community during times of crisis—an enormous challenge that requires tremendous logistics expertise. As the world’s first responder, WFP employs the most effective tools to reach the most vulnerable—whether that be a convoy of trucks, a chartered fleet of ships or even a caravan of elephants to transport food and supplies across the planet’s toughest terrain.
At any given time, there are 5,000 trucks, 92 aircraft and 20 ships delivering WFP food assistance across the planet. In addition, WFP oversees a global network of Humanitarian Response Depots that allows the agency to dispatch emergency supplies anywhere in the world within 24 to 48 hours as well as operates the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service, which delivers safe, reliable, cost-efficient and effective common air services to the entire humanitarian community.