The World Food Programme (WFP), the emergency food-aid arm of the United Nations, has opened a logistics hub in Accra to strengthen its ability to respond to simultaneous humanitarian disasters around the globe. The depot, which is located at the international airport in the Ghanaian capital, is the third such hub and follows existing bases in Brindisi, Italy, and Dubai. Two more depots are due to open in Panama and Malaysia next year. Irish Aid, the official development assistance programme of the Irish government, has pledged up to $500,000 each year to cover the running costs of the base, which will stock supplies of high-energy biscuits, drinking water, drugs, medical equipment, sanitation and hygiene systems and radio and telecommunications equipment.