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IPC in Kenya

The IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis was introduced in Kenya in 2007 and was embraced by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG). The KFSSG conducts its food security assessment twice a year, for the long rains (July-August) and the short rains (January-February). In 2013, the country piloted the IPC Acute Malnutrition classification and in 2015 the KFSSG/IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) started rolling-out the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Classification. 

The IPC process in Kenya is hosted within the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA - formerly the Arid Lands Resource Management Programme). KFSSG plays the role of the national TWG with members drawn from UN agencies (FAO, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, and IOM), Government Ministries, NGOs (World Vision, Oxfam, ACF, and Care), and occasional participation from members from Universities (University of Nairobi and Egerton), the National Disaster, Operation Center, the Crisis Response Center, Red Cross etc. In addition to these, FEWSNET and field staff from the different Ministries play an active role in the IPC process.

IPC data has become the main basis for decision making on food security and nutrition interventions in Kenya. The IPC classification enables prioritization of food security interventions by sector at district and national level by the Government, donors, the UN and NGOs, and is used to inform the bi-annual writing process for the long rain and short rain reports.

Looking ahead, the national IPC TWG keeps working towards increasing capacity building within the NDMA and technical agencies that are members of the TWG, to ensure that the IPC process and quality adheres to IPC protocols. The TWG also plans to organize awareness-raising workshops among higher-level government and institutional partner representatives to integrate the IPC at policy level and enhance IPC governance in the country. Lastly, the TWG plans to finalize the roll-out of the Chronic Food Insecurity classification.

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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