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IPC in South Sudan

The IPC was introduced in South Sudan in 2007 and the IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis has been conducted four times a year since 2008 at the national and state levels. In 2014, IPC Global Partners piloted the IPC Acute Malnutrition Classification and currently the Technical Working Group (TWG) uses both tools (IPC Acute Food Insecurity and IPC Acute Malnutrition) concurrently during analyses. South Sudan conducts IPC analyses regularly due to rapid changes of the food security and nutrition situation.

The IPC is hosted within the National Bureau of Statistics and the chair of the TWG is in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development. The IPC TWG core team includes: the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, RRC, NBS, FAO, WFP, UNICEF, FEWSNET, OCHA, WHO, CARE, AAH, SCF, IRC, NRC, OXFAM GB and World Vision.

The IPC is well institutionalized and adopted by the Government as a reliable tool for early warning and decision making. It is the primary source of food security and nutrition information for the government and the humanitarian community, particularly the Humanitarian Need Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) processes as well as other programming. IPC products are used regularly for response analysis and coordination by FAO, WFP, the Government and other humanitarian NGOs, especially to target food aid (by WFP), and seeds and tools distribution (by FAO). In particular, the famine declared in February 2017 as a consensus among key humanitarian agencies, orienting the response and coordination of interventions, allowed for the saving of many lives.

Looking ahead, the national IPC TWG plans to continue building strong relations with high state authorities in order to facilitate full IPC ownership by the Government and all decision makers. Moreover, it aims to improve the quality of the analyses by advocating for filling the data gaps through Ministries and the National Bureau of Statistics.

In 2018, the IPC Global Support Unit and the TWG will conduct more trainings and tailored lessons-learning exercises that will enhance specific areas of analysis that require further capacity building.

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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