U.S. government donates hundreds of tons of bulk vegetable oil to the UN’s World Food Programme in East Africa

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“This donation is important not only for the value of the food going to refugees,” said Michael Dunford the Regional Director for the World Food Programme (WFP). “It also represents a different way of packaging and delivery, as we try to reduce wastage en route and reduce WFP’s carbon footprint.”

Shipments in bulk provide cost efficiencies by reducing transit damages and allowing packaging in sizes suited to given contexts, such as a refugee camp. The oil shipment will be transported from the USA to Mombasa in 12 shipping containers fitted with flexi-tanks. From there, WFP’s Kenyan Country Office will transfer the oil to Kampala where it will be packaged into 900ml bottles for onward delivery to support aid operations in South Sudan.

“We are creating economic impact in Uganda by outsourcing packaging to a local supplier as opposed to importing it already packaged. If scaled up, it will be economically beneficial to the Ugandans as they will earn money through this local processing arrangement,” said Barbara Vanlogchem, the Regional Logistics Officer for The World Food Programme (WFP).

“We’re grateful for the generosity and consistency of the U.S. Government,” added Dunford. “East Africa is on the front line of climate change, and floods in South Sudan have uprooted the lives of millions of impoverished farmers and townspeople. The aid pipeline provides help where none would otherwise exist.”

Source: World Food Programme

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