WFP and partners set up the first transport training center of its kind in West Africa
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is partnering with global companies to build a world-class transport training center in Accra, Ghana, with the aim of improving transport and logistics capacities in West Africa. the West. The center will inject new expertise into local transport markets, equipping them to deliver vital goods like food and medicine more efficiently across the region.
Bringing together major industry players such as Carrier Global Corporation, Renault Trucks and Toyota Tsusho, the Government of Ghana and WFP will establish a one-of-a-kind center that will provide hands-on, free online training to 400 people a year. Training will be provided on best practices in trucking, fleet management and safe transportation of temperature-sensitive products. Interns will include staff from humanitarian organisations, governments and the local private sector.
“Over the past two years, we have seen how important strong and resilient supply chains are, and this training center is a crucial step in building stronger supply chains in West Africa. “, said Alex Marianelli, Director of Supply Chain at WFP. “WFP has a long history in West Africa and we are delighted to share our knowledge and experience and, through our partners, provide access to the latest information from leading experts.”
In turn, increased local skills and expertise in the supply chain will support WFP’s emergency and resilience-building operations in vulnerable communities in West Africa.
Construction of the center is expected to begin later this year with financial support from the Government of Japan, on land donated by the Government of Ghana as part of WFP’s existing United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot operations.
Through the hub, partners and stakeholders aim to address the challenges hindering the development of the transport sector in West Africa, including the lack of training opportunities and limited technical knowledge.