Category Archives: Asia

Join the World Food Programme This Wednesday to Learn About the Sahel Hunger Crisis

On Wednesday, May 30 at 12:00 PM PDT/ 3:00 PM EST/ 8:00 PM GMT the World Food Programme will host a live event aimed at raising awareness about the Sahel crisis. As the “hunger” season in Niger approaches the World Food Programme is organizing an exclusive Google+ Hangout for aid professionals, Africa specialists, and journalists.

Watch the discussion  on the World Food Programme’s Youtube page (May 30th) at 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT and learn more about the situation on the ground in Niger and throughout the Sahel.

Denise Brown, the World Food Programme Country Director in Niger said, “From my work in Somalia, Kenya, Afghanistan and Iraq, I have been a part of many emergency operations, and I know that one of the keys to responding effectively is raising awareness and mobilizing supporters like you to act. I want to give you exclusive insight into the many factors that have contributed to this crisis in the Sahel and have left more than 9 million people in the region vulnerable and food insecure.”

“I have seen first-hand how the people in Niger are working to survive and rebuild their lives, Brown continued. “Understanding how hard mothers in this country are working to try and feed their children is a moving story, and I want to share it with you.”

You can watch on the World Food Programme’s Youtube page ( and they invite you to submit questions and comments via Google+ and on Twitter using the event hashtag #food4sahel.

World Food Programme Reaches Remote Areas for Food Relief

I am always amazed by the lengths at which the World Food Programme goes to feed people in need. Last Wednesday evening I participated in a Google+ Hangout with the World Food Programme’s team in Nepal.

Two members of the Nepalese food relief team said it can take at least three days to deliver food to remote areas in Nepal. Sometimes when the team has to traverse the long route to remote areas it can take up to eight days for food delivery.

One of the fastest and most reliable forms of transportation in Nepal, however, is the helicopter. A helicopter is quite beneficial when the WFP needs to reach communities that cannot be accessed by car or by foot.

Delivering food to people in remote areas is at times extremely dangerous. Watch the video below to see a Nepalese team try to deliver food in Nepal.

World Food Programme Logistics

I am extremely fascinated by the logistics of the World Food Programme’s global food delivery. When you think about it, you automatically think delivering food globally would be fairly easy, but there are places in the world, of course, without paved roads and infrastructure. It then becomes crucial for the World Food Programme to work through countries’ delivery challenges. In fact, the World Food Programme’s Logistics motto is “We Deliver”.

Visit the World Food Programme’s Logistics page at and follow their amazing Twitter feed at @WFPlogistics.