Renault Trucks is set to continue its transfer of expertise to the UN agency for the next five years by training its teams, particularly in Africa. The aim is to make it easier for the World Food Programme to run and maintain its fleet of trucks on the ground, helping reach those in need around the world with vital food and other assistance.
The World Food Programme (WFP) operates over 900 trucks and relies on 5,000 vehicles around the world to carry out its operations every year. The world’s largest humanitarian organisation is often the first to dispatch aid to crisis areas, using food and other assistance to pave the way to peace, stability and prosperity. WFP is leveraging Renault Trucks’ expertise to improve the conditions and availability of trucks used in countries across Africa to reach vulnerable communities.
Confident in its knowledge of extreme terrain, the professionalism of its employees and its high-quality equipment, Renault Trucks committed to an initial partnership in 2012, offering the most experienced among its employees the opportunity to train WFP teams on the ground.
The partnership between the two organisations has just been extended until 2026, with a renewal of the itinerant system set up by Renault Trucks, consisting of two trucks equipped to serve as mobile training units. Renault Trucks is therefore passing on its expertise, not only to help ensure the availability and optimal performance of WFP’s trucks, but also to support the development of technical skills at local level and improve road safety in West Africa.
A training catalogue has been created, featuring modules on truck mechanics for technicians and workshop managers, fleet management for truck fleet managers, and eco-driving for drivers. In addition to World Food Programme staff, government officials, NGOs, other UN agencies and private transporters are also to receive truck maintenance training.
Under the renewed partnership, Renault Trucks will also be supporting the establishment of a permanent technical training centre in Accra, Ghana, with two classrooms for face-to-face sessions and access to IT equipment for online trainings.