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Kenya: WFP opens logistics hub for humanitarian assistance in Horn of Africa
(News: 01-24-2016 )


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the government of Djibouti has officially opened a new humanitarian logistics base that will support assistance operations across the Horn of Africa by improving storage and transport of relief goods, the aid agency disclosed on Wednesday.
About one quarter of the people that WFP assists worldwide live in countries supported by the Djibouti hub. In 2015, WFP moved about 500,000 metric tons of food through the Djibouti port.

“The new hub will allow WFP and the wider humanitarian community to dispatch humanitarian assistance more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively in the region,” said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP’s Regional Director for East and Central Africa, at the opening ceremony, a statement issued in Nairobi disclosed.

The United States, Norway and Finland have provided additional key funding. WFP started construction of the hub in 2013.

“We are opening this facility at a critical time, when Djibouti is playing a key role in our responses to several major crises in the region, including the conflicts in South Sudan and Yemen and the drought in Ethiopia worsened by El Nino,” Guarnieri added.

The port is the main gateway for food entering Ethiopia, and is also an important trans-shipment point for WFP emergency operations in South Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia.