The global effort to develop a common approach for food security analysis and response through the implementation of IPC is led by the following 12 agencies:
Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water, mental health and care practices, food security and sustainable solutions to hunger. Since its initial development, ACF has been actively involved in the IPC system at national and regional level and has recently joined the multi-agency global partnership with the aim of contributing to the constant evolution and improvement of surveillance and early warning systems.
CARE is a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with special focus on empowering women and girls. In addition to the community-based development efforts, CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. CARE is a leading participant in the development and global implementation of the IPC through its membership in the IPC Global Partnership with the objective of incorporating and applying the IPC in the global humanitarian and food security policies and including the tool as a requirement in country level emergency planning processes.
The CILSS is the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel. In order to link the decision with relevant information to improve food security in West Africa (including Chad and Mauritania), it has established and maintains a surveillance system of food security. The CILSS and its partners (FAO, FEWS NET, WFP, NGOs) and the different countries have developed a tool called Harmonized Framework that serves to promote an agreement on an objective assessment of the vulnerability to food insecurity. This tool has been enhanced by elements of the IPC since version 1. The CILSS and its partners in the region operate in partnership with the IPC Global Unit and as a member of the IPC Steering Committee.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO-UN) leads international efforts in fighting hunger, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. In 2004, FAO, through the Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) Somalia, developed and launched the IPC approach and tools. FAO then promoted the roll-out of the IPC in other countries and particularly in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region. It also initiated the process that led to the formation, in 2007, of the IPC Multi-Agency Partnership. FAO currently continue to play a key role in steering and coordinating the overall development and application of the IPC.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues. FEWSNET has engaged in developing and refining IPC tools since its initial development stages and continues to work with partners at both global and country level. In line with this position, FEWS NET is providing contributions through membership in the IPC Global Partnership. FEWS NET as member of West Africa Cadre Hamonisé Steering and Technical Committees since the beginning of the process continues providing fully support through a Regional Technical Advisor to Cadre Harmonisé in line to make it at least compatible with IPC Global tool.
The global Food Security Cluster (FSC) is a component of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) architecture for improved humanitarian response. The FSC is led jointly by FAO and WFP and represents a partnership of around 35 institutions from the UN, NGO and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The FSC is active in supporting emergency coordination at national and sub-national levels, where the IPC represents a crucial step in evidence-based response.
The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. The origin of IGAD was initially aimed at combating droughts and address wider development issues before IGAD’s mandate was widened in 1996 to include to peace and security. IGAD’s membership in IPC is motived by the fact that IPC’s first experiment was in Somalia, an IGAD founding Member State, and it is now a global phenomenon covering more than 17 African countries. IPC is also a crucial input in the wider resilience agenda being driven by IGAD and contributes significantly to the regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) which is co-chaired by IGAD and FAO. Therefore, IGAD is playing a crucial role in advocacy and support the adoption of IPC at continental level in Africa and other parts of the world.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC)of the European Commission is the evidence-based, customer-driven in-house scientific service of the European Commission. The JRC is providing scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies. It is one of the founding members of the IPC Global Partnership, and has been since 2007 a key player in steering and developing the initiative. The JRC contributes in scientific and technical developments of the IPC as well as country support and capacity building. It is also directly supporting the improvement of the Cadre Harmonisé in West Africa and its convergence with the IPC.
Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Together with its local partners, Oxfam works in 92 countries as part of the Oxfam International confederation. To achieve the greatest possible impact, Oxfam works at community, national and global levels and combines humanitarian assistance, long-term development, and campaigning and advocacy to tackle the root causes of poverty. Oxfam has been involved in the IPC since 2008 starting with a small project in Eastern and Central Africa supporting FAO in the training of participants in IPC analysis workshops. Since 2009, Oxfam has been actively participating in IPC processes at global, country and regional levels.
Save the Children is the world's independent children's charity. Our involvement with the IPC aims to ensure that the design has a strong focus on children. Save the Children is determined to tackle child hunger and malnutrition in part by reducing the impact of economic and climate shocks in a timely and appropriate manner to lessen the impact on children's lives and well-being. Since 2008, Save the Children has been an active member of the IPC Global Partnership with the objective of mainstreaming the IPC approach in programme approaches as well as policy and advocacy activities. Save the Children has a long and successful history supporting the development and institutionalisation of food security and nutrition early warning systems.
The Central American Integration System (SICA from its Spanish acronym: Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana), is the institutional framework of regional integration in Central America. SICA was established on December 13, 1991 to achieve the fundamental objective of realizing the integration of Central America in order to transform the area into a region of peace, democracy and development. Through the Regional Food Security and Nutrition Programme for Central America (PRESANCA II), SICA seeks to contribute to the reduction of food and nutrition insecurity in the most vulnerable populations in Central America, strengthening the integration system as part of a process that aims to build integrated policies on social, environmental and economic issues. SICA is providing contributions to the IPC Global Initiative through membership in the IPC Steering Committee. The IPC has benefited from SICA's regional and global collaboration, both in terms of the introduction and training on IPC in several SICA countries (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador), as well as their contributions to the development of the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Classification scale.
The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide by providing food assistance in more than 74 countries. Since its intial development, WFP has been actively involved in the IPC system development and has joined the multi-agency parthesrhip to closely work with the other partners on the adaptation of the IPC to other countries and contexts. With a member at each level of the IPC Governance structure, WFP is particularly engaged in the substantial technical revision of the IPC approach based on lessons learned from pilots, and in the institutional consolidation of the process at all levels.