26 January 2017

As Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on 4 October 2016, provoking severe damage to road and ICT infrastructure, housing and health facilities, the Global Logistics Cluster and WFP Haiti office put in place a swift emergency response.
In coordination with the Directorate of Civil Defence (DPC) a Logistics Working Group was established with logistics and coordination hubs in Port au Prince, Les Cayes and Jéremie.
WFP, as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, coordinated access to US military air assets, and Netherlands Navy vessels, through the EU Civil Protection, for responders to reach inaccessible communities. WFP also made available a fleet of off-road trucks and contracted commercial air and sea services to support the humanitarian response.
Air support has been crucial to allow access to locations across Haiti where communities have been cut off as a consequence of severe flooding, landslides and damaged infrastructure.
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18 January 2017

During the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017, DP World, one of the leading enablers of global trade and the world's third largest container terminal operator, joined the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET). LET is now comprised of four of the largest global logistics and transportation companies, including Agility, UPS, Maersk, and DP World.

Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator at the World Food Programme, welcomes the new LET member: “The response during the first phase of any humanitarian crisis is highly important for how local communities are impacted in the long term, and the expertise and resources that DP World brings will help support vital strategic relief efforts.”

Through the Logistics Emergency Teams, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster has access to an extensive global network of transportation and logistics expertise, meaning life-saving assistance can be provided more quickly and efficiently following natural disasters. The partnership between... READ MORE