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The IPC Acute Food Insecurity scale was introduced in Yemen in November 2011 and is hosted under the Food Security Technical Secretariat with the support of the FAO‐FSIS Programme. A multi-partner National Technical Working Group (NTWG), composed of more than 10 organizations (FAO, WFP, OCHA, UNICEF, CARE, Mercy Corps, NRC, Oxfam, SUN, SC, Relief International, and Food Security and Nutrition Clusters), manages the IPC in the country.

Once a year, depending on data availability, the IPC process brings together available food security evidence in a systematic manner to produce the best possible estimates of the food security situation under the prevailing conditions. Despite the difficult conflict period, the IPC exercise has an average participation of about 70 analysts, among which are experts in agriculture, livestock, nutrition, food security, statisticians, engineers, economists, markets, water & sanitation and other persons familiar with the governorates.

The volatile security situation in Yemen hampers regular data collection and challenges a smooth participation of partners and support from the Global Support Unit (GSU) at global level. As mitigation of the impossibility for the GSU and its partners at global level to facilitate the analysis and to ensure best use of usually limited available evidence, the IPC partners at global level systematically join their effort to conduct a Real Time Quality Review (RTQR) on Yemen analyses. These allow for support to the NTWG in improving analysis quality as well as ensuring consensus building process among stakeholders.

Moreover, given the scarcity of data available and the insecurity hindering data collection, the IPC analysis are usually conducted on a timeline attributing more importance to time relevance of evidence used rather than the humanitarian programming cycle needs.

Looking ahead, the IPC GSU plans to foster more significantly the use of the Cross Country Learning Exchange (CCLE) programme, in order to increase the number of in-country IPC Certified Trainers/Facilitators.

Country contacts

Dr. Abdul Wahed Mukred
TWG Chair and Head of the Food Security Technical Secretariat

FAO‐FSIS Programme

Yemen TWG partners contacts

FAO - Mr. Belihu Negesse belihu.negesse@fao.org
WFP - Mr. Endalkachew Alamnew endalkachew.alamnew@wfp.org
WFP - Mr. Ahmed  Ismail ahmed.ismail@wfp.org
Food Security Cluster - Mr. Gordon Dudi Gordon.Dudi@fao.org
UNICEF Mr. Najib Abdulbaqi A. Ali nabdulbaqi@unicef.org

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