The WFP Executive Board participates in at least two field visits each year, a WFP EB Field Visit and a Joint Field Visit. It also participates in visits to Brindisi to observe United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) activities (as a WFP EB Field Visit).
The participants of the WFP Executive Board Field Visits are the EB Members. The purpose of these visits is to:
- Highlight the dynamics of WFP operations in the field;
- Provide insight into the implementation of WFP policies/strategies in the field;
- Study and review all facets of programming and programme delivery in each country visited;
- Look at the programme approach adopted;
- Discuss the impact and results of WFP programmes with Government and non-government counterparts, at national, local and community level;
- Analyse the flexible responses to emerging issues and changing situations.
During the Joint Field Visit the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women, and WFP work together to achieve the common purpose of:
- Gaining insight in how the UN Agencies can work synergistically together at the country level;
- Understanding to what extend and in what way the UN Agencies contribute to achieving the Development Goals;
- Observing how the UN Agencies support National Governments in achieving these goals;
- Reviewing the facets of partnership between the UN Agencies and bilateral donors.
During the visits to UNHRD in Brindisi, Executive Board Members have the opportunity to:
- Visit the depot facilities;
- Participate in emergency simulation exercises;
- Get to know the UNHRD LAB, a research and development unit that reviews, tests and helps develop innovative products for humanitarian operations.