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IPC Chronic Scale Development

Since the IPC version 1.1, several countries have expressed an interest and need to use the IPC in developmental contexts. Following the launch of the IPC Technical Manual Version 2.0, a number of countries were selected in Latin America, Africa and Asia and embarked on the IPC Chronic Pilot Exercise to test the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity scale and tools introduced in the version 2.0 of the IPC Manual. 

The IPC Chronic Pilot Exercise was carried out through two main events:

  1. The Chronic Food Insecurity (CFI) Training to introduce the IPC prototype chronic food insecurity tools: IPC analytical framework, chronic food insecurity reference table and analysis templates. The Training was followed by:
  2. The Chronic Food Insecurity (CFI) Analysis Workshop to apply these tools by analyzing the chronic food insecurity situation in a specific area/province and preparing the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Map. This analysis exercise was not meant to reflect actual analysis for decision support as much as they are meant to test the tools. 

The overall objective of the IPC Chronic Pilot Exercises was to get feedback and lessons learned from countries for further development and refinement of the prototype system for classifying chronic food insecurity.           

The IPC Chronic Pilot Exercise at country level was led by the IPC Global Support Unit in close collaboration with in-country IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) and other country stakeholders, in particular the national governments and other relevant partners. The IPC Global 'Chronic Working Group' was responsible for reviewing the feedback from the pilots and working towards developing improved prototype.

The final working model for classifying chronic food insecurity was launched in July 2014. Country demand for the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Classification is high. The roll-out plan includes chronic food insecurity analysis workshops in 8 target countries in 2014. 

Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD