Kihei, Hawaii/Bangkok, Thailand—The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) have joined forces to help countries in Asia and the Pacific prepare for disasters and respond faster to emergencies. “We are pleased to support the widely recognized work of WFP in fighting hunger everywhere. Together, we will become more forward-leaning in our capabilities and programs to help national governments and communities respond to shocks, such as those brought by climate change and COVID-19,” said PDC’s Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai.
Under the partnership, activities will focus on disaster planning and preparedness, risk and vulnerability assessment methodologies and applications, all-hazards monitoring, early warning and notification systems and partner capacity strengthening, and a cadre of tools and products that will be developed to facilitate these activities.
“Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Our work with PDC will support governments, communities and families to be ready for multiple shocks. By being better prepared, we can all act faster to save lives and reduce economic losses,” said WFP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, John Aylieff.
Prior to the signing of the MoU, the two organizations had collaborated on analytical products such as the Joint Analysis of Disaster Exposure (JADE), which has been used by humanitarian partners and national governments worldwide in disaster risk reduction.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
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PDC is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawai’i that develops new technologies and best practices to advance the field of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. We support the most demanding needs of nonprofits and government organizations worldwide in our collective missions to create a safer, more disaster resilient world.
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Contact Name: Kun Li, World Food Programme
Phone Number: +66 845558994
Contact Name: Chani Goering, Pacific Disaster Center
Phone Number: +1 808-495-3865