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Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Technical Manual Version 1.1







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    Since 1994 FSAU has invested considerable energy to improve the rigour of the units food security, nutrition, and livelihoods analysis, and its relevance for decision making. To help meet these goals of rigor and relevance, since February 2004 FSAU has been developing and using a tool called the Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classifi cation (IPC). In addition to consistently improving analysis and facilitating effective response in the context of Somalia, there are strong in dications that the IPC is relevant on a wider scale, as it serves as a common currency for food security and humanitarian analysis. This manual provides technical guidance to the use of IPC among FSAU analysts and technical partners, and will hopefully contribute to on-going global efforts to standardize core elements of humanitarian analysis and response (e.g., the SMART, Benchmarking, Needs Analysis Framework, Humanitarian Tracking Service, and Sphere Project). The IPC builds from aspects of many existing classifi cation systems and academic literature. The practical strength of the IPC, however, is that it was developed through the every day realities of conducting food security analysis and linking it to action within the context of a complex emergency. In addition, the IPC development has benefi ted from technical feedback of expert practitioners and high level decision makers through dozens of forums in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA. Appendix 7.1 lists just some of these meetings, for whom we are extremely grateful for their technical input.Thank you to the FSAU technical partners from WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, SC-UK, CARE, the Somalia Transitional Federal Government, authorities from Somaliland and Puntland, and numerous others for their technical input and continued support towards the development and usage of the IPC. Wolfgang Herbinger and many other colleagues from WFP Rome have also made substantial contributions to the IPC revisions.

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    Final Evaluation of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Global Strategic Programme (GSP) 2014 -2018 - Annexes
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    The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a set of standard protocols for the analysis of the food security situation in a country’s regions, based on available data (surveys, statistics, studies). The main output is a map showing the different phases of food security and the number of food insecure people in the various regions/zones of a country. The phases and population numbers are based on a consensus among the various partners members of the IPC technical working group at country level. The purpose of the IPC is to promote effective policies and responses to food insecurity and malnutrition by providing decision makers with timely, reliable and accessible information. The final evaluation of the IPC Global Strategic Programme (GSP, 2014-2018) focused mainly on the utilization and utility of the IPC (who is using it and for what?) and its institutionalization (ownership and sustainability of the IPC). It is mainly used for decisions about humanitarian funding – globally and within countries, and for targeting. While the GSP can be credited with a number of major achievements in the last phase, it will need to prioritize strategically to meet the growing demands of the IPC.
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    Final Evaluation of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Global Strategic Programme (GSP) 2014 -2018
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    The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a set of standard protocols for the analysis of the food security situation in a country’s regions, based on available data (surveys, statistics, studies). The main output is a map showing the different phases of food security and the number of food insecure people in the various regions/zones of a country. The phases and population numbers are based on a consensus among the various partners members of the IPC technical working group at country level. The purpose of the IPC is to promote effective policies and responses to food insecurity and malnutrition by providing decision makers with timely, reliable and accessible information. The final evaluation of the IPC Global Strategic Programme (GSP, 2014-2018) focused mainly on the utilization and utility of the IPC (who is using it and for what?) and its institutionalization (ownership and sustainability of the IPC). It is mainly used for decisions about humanitarian funding – globally and within countries, and for targeting. While the GSP can be credited with a number of major achievements in the last phase, it will need to prioritize strategically to meet the growing demands of the IPC.

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