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IPC Global Event and Donors & Partners Consultation, 3-4 October 2013

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This year, the IPC Global Steering Committee Meeting was structured as a 1-day meeting followed by a second day consultative session with global donors and partners and was held on October 3 and 4, at FAO Headquarters, in Rome. The Special IPC Donors and Partners Consultative Meeting was combined with an IPC Fair and Seminar Series that was open to the public. The IPC global event marked an important milestone in the IPC global partnership, as it saw the first-time participation of ASEAN, IGAD, SADC and SICA/PRESANCA. Institutions from regions where IPC is active are being invited to join the IPC Global Steering Committee as official members, to ensure a regional governmental ownership and input into the IPC global governance process. CILSS and SICA have already accepted this invitation.

One of the main objectives of the two-day event was to hold consultations with the wider community of key stakeholders, including global food security partners, regional inter-governmental bodies, and donors, on the new draft IPC Global Strategic Programme 2014-2016. During the IPC Seminar Series, open to the public and structured around presentations and Q&A sessions, representatives from FAO, ASEAN, SADC, IGAD, SICA-PRESANCA talked about the relevance of IPC for decision makers in developmental contexts, IPC Acute and Chronic Food Security Phase Classification and IPC implementation in the field.

Mr Kostas Stamoulis, Director of the FAO Agricultural Development Economics Division, opened the Meeting saying that very soon "the IPC will be a major item for discussion in the Committee on World Food Security". Ms Ana Patricia Palma, Director of PRESANCA, highlighted that it will be key to fully mainstream nutrition into the IPC tool. The success of IPC in Central America depends on this and is related to the democracy concept in the region. The IGAD Representative, Mr Abdishakur Abdulla, asserted he is strongly committed to pursuing the adoption of IPC within his institution. Duncan Samikwa, SADC representative, stated that they would like the IPC to be incorporated as a standing item into the National VAC reports to be presented to the SADC permanent secretaries. 

The considerable re-organization undertaken by the IPC network and the effort to focus more on results based measurements fully reflect the direction that the World Bank would like to see. DFID, a major IPC donor at the global level, stated they are interested to see the outcomes of new IPC technical developments and possibly use the results for their Nutrition for Growth initiative and accountability framework. ECHO Representative, Malcolm McLean, said that they use IPC also for resources allocations. Mr Ramón Borjas, Honduras Government Representative, explained that, in his country, IPC is supporting decentralized structures (Mesas) that allow local actors to actively participate in food security analyses. "IPC reports are community-led in Honduras", Mr Borjas said.

 

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Nov 2013
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