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close this bookCARE Food Manual (CARE , 1998, 355 p.)
close this folderChapter 2 - Assessments Cost and Logistics
close this folderI. Logistics Assessment
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View the documentA. Port Capacities and Services
Open this folder and view contentsB. In-Country Transport
View the documentC. Landlocked Countries
View the documentD. Locating Storage Facilities


Logistics has to do with the flow of goods and services from origin to destination. The basic components of a logistics plan should address transportation (both for receipt into the country and programming area, and dispatches to distribution points within the programming area), storage, communications, and information management.

CARE is usually part of a logistics network, which may involve other international agencies, host government counterparts and the private sector. The country office may be involved in managing the logistics network for food and supplies shipped from donor to recipient countries, purchased in neighboring countries, or landed at a regional port for inland delivery to other landlocked countries where CARE has programs. CARE may be involved at any point along the way, from receipt at port, storage, and delivery to distribution sites. It is important for staff to be aware of the entire in-country logistics network, the roles of other agencies along this network, and how CARE's activities fit into the system.

The logistics assessment must also include necessary cost analyses for all logistics operations and include options for overcoming logistical obstacles.

The logistics assessment should be conducted by local individuals and organizations who know the area and services available.