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IPC in Djibouti

The IPC Acute Food Insecurity classification was introduced in Djibouti in 2011. In 2017, the country rolled out the process for the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity analysis, which began with high level awareness raising in June and was successfully concluded with the training and analysis workshop, conducted at the beginning of November 2017. In Djibouti, the IPC is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, with technical and Secretariat support from FAO. The national IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) counts around 40 members from governmental departments and Technical National agencies, and their decentralized representation from rural areas, UN agencies and local and international NGOs. Eight of them constitute the steering committee, composed of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the Ministry of the Interior, the Djiboutian Agency for Social Development (ADDS), the Statistics and Demographic Studies Department (DISED), FAO, WFP, UNICEF, and ACF.

Since the implementation of the classification in the country, IPC products have been used to inform policy making and guide intervention in the areas most affected by the drought persisting since 2008, in particular the pastoralist livelihood zones. The IPC analysis has also allowed highlighting the critical food insecurity situation in some parts of the country, such as the northern Region of Obock. IPC products have notably been used to inform the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) writing process and as a guiding tool for the development of the National Investment Program for Agriculture, Food and National Security (PNIASAN).

The IPC in Djibouti has received direct financial support from ECHO, as well as financial and technical support through the regional and global levels. 

Looking ahead, the national IPC TWG keeps working towards: improving the ownership by the Government and other national decision makers through awareness-raising activities; strengthening the acute food insecurity analysis through capacity strengthening for the TWG; and advocating to increase the reliability of data. Moreover, the TWG plans to conduct an IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis in urban areas, as 75% of the total population lives in urban areas.

Country contacts

Kamau Wanjohi
IPC Regional Coordinator for East and Central Africa (ECA)
IPC Global Support Unit (IPC GSU) - Regional Coordination Team
Hosted at IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC)
Ngong Rd. Dagoretti Corner, Nairobi, Kenya
Kamau.Wanjohi@fao.org

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