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IPC in Southern Africa

IPC Brief N.11

The IPC initiative in Southern Africa is guided and implemented within the region through Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC) of the Southern Africa Development Community. There is a well-established system of National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs) that are linked and supported by the SADC RVAC. The IPC is being introduced and implemented through this SADC RVAC-NVAC system.

The IPC analysis is relatively new in the region, and starting in 2010 a more institutional approach working through the RVAC-NVAC system began in in 2011. This approach is proving successful and is ensuring that the IPC is demand driven, and is integrated and adding value with the existing food security information and analysis processes and structures. SADC member states are increasingly requesting IPC support and currently the IPC activities are implemented in five countries in the region: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland.

The SADC RVAC IPC TWG is currently working on the development of an IPC Regional Strategic Programme (2014-2016) that is linked to the IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014-2016) and will set the priorities, objectives and plans for IPC activities in the region over the next three years.


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