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Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

A “common currency” to better understand acute and chronic food insecurity and malnutrition

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a set of standardized tools that aims at providing a "common currency" for classifying the severity and magnitude of food insecurity. 

This evidence-based approach uses international standards which allow comparability of situations across countries and over time. It is based on consensus-building processes to provide decision makers with a rigorous analysis of food insecurity along with objectives for response in both emergency and development contexts. 

The IPC is a multi-agency initiative globally led by ten partners, including FAO, DG DEVCO and DG ECHO.

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