Feedback of two Renault Trucks’ volunteers as part of the World Food Programme partnership
Since 2012, Renault Trucks has been partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Through this partnership, Renault Trucks dispatches voluntary technicians to Africa in order to provide trainings to local technicians. At the end of the trainings, the local technicians are able to better repair vehicles and, consequently, to sustain access to remote locations where WFP provides food assistance.
Damien Carnat is workshop manager at the Renault Trucks test centre in La Valbonne. Julien Bouchard is a technical sales representative for Europe. In early December, they volunteered to spend a week in the Central African Republic training eleven local mechanics as part of the World Food Programme partnership.
“I really felt like our training had an impact,” explains Damien. “The mechanics in Central African Republic expected a lot from this training and I had the feeling that we were teaching them quite a lot. They were very engaged during the training; we really felt that this was important for them.” Julien adds: “In Bangui, mechanics are working with very limited resources and in very unstable areas. We figured out that having to be resourceful was the norm and given that, sometimes what they accomplish is extraordinary! Nevertheless, with this training we gave them methods and concrete know-how they could use immediately.” For both of them, it was a “rewarding experience” and though they are willing to participate again, two new Renault Trucks volunteers will be given the opportunity to participate in the next training, which will be in Ethiopia. It will be the 13th session; other trainings have taken place in Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Central African Republic.
Renault Trucks provides four types of training based on the needs of the country where the mission is located: general mechanics, fleet management, workshop management and training of trainers in the field. Through the Renault Trucks partnership with the World Food Programme, more than 190 people will have received training by the end of 2017.
This partnership focuses on sharing fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge with WFP’s staff in the field. Transportation is the last link in WFP’s supply chain, connecting WFP with those who need the vital food assistance it provides. The partnership with Renault Trucks is thus central to WFP’s business, improving the efficiency and capabilities of WFP’s fleet. .
Founded in 1961, the World Food Programme is the world’s leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, it provides some 80 million people in 80 countries with food assistance and has around 3,000 warehouses, 785 trucks, 20 ships and 70 aircrafts. WFP provides emergency food assistance in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters and supports food assistance programmes that bridge the gap between relief and recovery, helping communities to build resilience and a better future.