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IPC in Southern Africa 2015

IPC Global Brief Series 2015

May 2015
Southern Africa

The IPC initiative in Southern Africa is guided and implemented within the Region through the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC). The SADC RVAC provides technical coordination and support to SADC member countries in the Region to help strengthen country food security information systems, and support regional monitoring. 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. At the regional level, the multi-partner IPC Technical Working Group (IPC TWG) of the RVAC meets regularly, providing technical direction, oversight and support to NVACs on IPC.

The SADC RVAC IPC TWG is composed of the main agencies working in food security and members of the SADC RVAA, including: SADC RVAA, FAO, FEWS NET, OCHA, Oxfam, WFP, and World Vision. The IPC Regional Coordinator is located within the SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessments and Analyses Programme Management Unit (RVAA PMU) of the SADC, in Gaborone, Botswana.

The IPC analysis is relatively new in the region and a more institutional approach working through the RVAC-NVAC system began in 2011. This approach is proving successful and is ensuring that the IPC is demand driven and it is integrated within the existing food security information and analysis processes and structures. Currently, the IPC activities are implemented in five countries in the Region: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

The IPC RVAC Cross-Country Learning Exchange Programme has been implemented for two years and is identified as an “IPC Best Practice” for building IPC Technical Capacity and ensuring IPC sustainability in the region. It is promoted as an integral part of IPC roll-out.

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