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IPC in Central America and the Caribbean 2015

IPC Global Brief Series 2015

May 2015
Latin America & Caribbean

The IPC introduction process started in Honduras, in May 2010. Since then, IPC trainings and analyses have taken place in four other countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti.

In all these countries, different food security institutions and partners, including national Governments, have expressed interest in IPC as a way to strengthen decision making related to food security in the region. The regional inter-governmental body of Central America, Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA), through its Regional Food Security and Nutrition Programme for Central America (PRESANCA), has been very active in supporting the introduction of the IPC initiative in SICA countries.

The IPC activities in the Region started in 2012 and are ongoing, thanks to the support of regional partners and governments. In August 2013, SICA-PRESANCA joined as an official member of the IPC Global Steering Committee, to help strategically set the vision and direction of IPC globally.

In February 2014, the IPC Regional Technical Working Group validated the LAC IPC Regional Strategic Programme, which is linked to the IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014-2018) and sets the priorities, objectives and plans for IPC activities in the Region over the next years. In this framework, in April 2015, the IPC Global Support Unit has appointed the IPC Regional Coordinator in SICA-PRESANCA’s headquarters in San Salvador.

Currently, SICA-PRESANCA is playing a key role in the development and roll-out of the new IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Classification which was piloted in Honduras in March 2013 and in Guatemala in November 2013. As of today, the Chronic Food Insecurity has been rolled out in El Salvador from July 2014 to January 2015.

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