Desert, swamp or jungle, to get food to the hungry, WFP's logistics team has to negotiate some of the toughest terrain on the planet.
In 2010, WFP aims to reach more than 90 million people in 74 countries. To achieve this goal, WFP will rely on its impressive logistics capacity.
When the areas needing food are not accessible by road, rail or river, other methods are brought into play. An emergency may require a cargo drop from aircraft or a helicopter airlift, but there are other options too. Locally engaged porters, as well as teams of elephants, yaks, donkeys and camels are also used when necessary.
About half the food distributed by WFP is purchased directly within the country or region where it is needed. The other half, purchased internationally, is shipped by sea and unloaded in 78 cargo ports around the world.