10 years of IPC (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification)

Dec 2014

This year, the IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally developed by FAO in Somalia in 2004, the IPC has been extensively applied in different countries and contexts. In 2007, the IPC became a MultiAgency Partnership, now led by 11 Partners under the results-based IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014-2016) launched in February 2014.

Since its inception, the IPC has been continuously tested and refined through its field application as well as through stakeholders’ consultations and lesson learning exercises. This field-based, multi-level and consultative development process led to the release of version 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 of the IPC Technical Manual, which has improved year-by-year the rigor and quality of IPC approach.

Further, in order to meet countries’ demand generated by its application in complex emergency situations, the IPC has expanded its scope by developing tools and procedures to classify chronic food insecurity situations and, most recently, to complement the IPC analysis with a nutrition component. All along 10 years of implementation, the IPC is now regularly used in 29 countries worldwide and the demand for IPC by is constantly growing.