On October 13, 2022, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and BLG LOGISTICS signed a Standby Partnership agreement to deploy logistics experts from the seaport and logistics service provider to WFP missions. BLG is now one of about 28 WFP partner organizations worldwide. Through Standby Partnerships, WFP can draw on technical expertise in emergencies.
"I am delighted that BLG can confirm and further expand its ten-year commitment to this important international institution through the Standby agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme. Logistics is an elementary component of humanitarian operations in the world's crisis regions," emphasized Frank Dreeke, CEO of BLG LOGISTICS. He signed the agreement together with Margot Van der Velden, Director Emergencies of WFP, and Ferdinand Möhring, BLG port expert, at the World Food Programme headquarters in Rome.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the leading humanitarian organization in the fight against global hunger. WFP's activities include emergency relief, reconstruction and development cooperation. Two-thirds of its programs are implemented in conflict-affected countries. Each year, between 100 and 200 experts are called on to join WFP operations in support of the organization’s mission of zero hunger.
For the past ten years, BLG has provided its logistics expertise to WFP free of charge by inspecting and assessing ports, roads, rail lines, warehouses and other logistics facilities. The experienced BLG port expert Ferdinand Möhring and his colleagues have travelled to and surveyed 21 locations over the past ten years. As part of this mission, former Captain Möhring was in Haiti, Burundi, Bangladesh, Iraq, Madagascar, Uganda, and Tanzania, among other places. Each mission documents for WFP the current situation at key infrastructure points; ultimately, it is not only the ports that benefit from these recommendations, but above all the people in the crisis regions.