The World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling technology and innovation as part of its strategy to end hunger by 2030. Looking up to the skies to improve its ability to prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies, WFP has been developing the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, since 2017.
With support from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Development (FCDO), WFP is now focusing on three core areas related to drone technology: data collection, cargo delivery and connectivity - functional areas that are being developed by WFP into common humanitarian services. Prepositioning drones and Information Management are at the heart of the project’s approach.
With support from the Government of Belgium, WFP developed a UAS coordination model, and in parallel, built local capacity to use drone technology in countries prone to natural disasters. Recent emergency responses including in Mozambique (2019) have shown that the responsible use of drones can help coordinate and accelerate local partner efforts on the ground.
WFP leverages decades of experience in Aviation, Logistics and Telecommunications to serve affected populations in over 80 countries each year. As part of the wider humanitarian drone community, WFP is well positioned to develop, coordinate and implement the standardized, safe and ethical use of drones for its own operations as well as those of its partners.