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To help the World Food Programme carry out its missions, Renault Trucks is deploying a mobile training unit in five East African countries for three months, to train WFP mechanics in the most advanced maintenance techniques. This is an assignment which emphasises Renault Trucks’ commitment to helping the WFP, an adventure which allows trucks to make a direct contribution to meeting the needs of the poor.
The World Food Programme, the United Nations agency whose primary mission is to combat hunger in the world, guarantees access to food in the poorest parts of the globe. Their trucks therefore play a key role in the logistics system that brings them into direct contact with people in emergency situations who have the greatest need of assistance. More than 100 of these are Renault Trucks vehicles, which carry food supplies under the most extreme conditions.
Renault Trucks goes even further to make the organisation’s work easier. As a manufacturer, it knows that well maintained vehicles can deliver greater mobility to carry out their function. A Kerax 6x6 configured as a mobile training unit, together with a team of technicians, have therefore been sent out by the manufacturer to train the WFP’s mechanics in East Africa to pass on their maintenance and HGV repair skills. From Uganda to Southern Sudan, Ruanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and finally Burundi, this adventure will last for three months to train the WFP teams on site.
With this initiative, Renault Trucks illustrates its sense of responsibility and its determination to contribute to the development of the African continent with which it has particularly strong links. By making its expertise as a manufacturer of HGVs available to the World Food Programme’s operations, Renault Trucks highlights the key role played by trucks in the poorest regions of the world where it is often a vital link in the chain dedicated to saving lives.
The World Food Programme - Key figures:
- 90 million people supplied with food
- Active in 74 countries
- A workforce of 11,000 worldwide
- 3,000 warehouses
- 40 ships
- 60 aircraft
- 5,000 trucks (out of which the WFP owns 700)