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Haiti was the first country in the Caribbean to carry out an IPC analysis, with the IPC Acute Food Insecurity classification first rolled out in February 2013. Since then, Haiti has become one of the most active countries in the region regarding IPC activities. In 2015, with support from the IPC Global Support Unit (GSU) and FAO, the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Classification was rolled out in the country.

The Haiti IPC Technical Working Group (TWG), which implements IPC country activities, comprises around 20 members - from Government departments, UN agencies (FAO, WFP, UNSIDA, OCHA, and HCR), NGOs and Academics - and is housed within the Coordination Nationale de la Securite Alimentaire (CNSA) / the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with technical and Secretariat support from FAO.

IPC products have become the main reference for food security decision making for the Government, the humanitarian community and other stakeholders. It has been one of the main approaches adopted for emergency responses to recurrent crises, such as those caused by Hurricane Matthew, or to the negative impact on livelihoods brought on by El Niño.

The short-term objective of the IPC TWG is to take the IPC analysis to a higher spatial resolution level in order to classify sub-departmental units of analysis. The long-term objective is to produce timely analyses to be used in decision-making processes across the country, providing a relevant tool that meets the needs of national stakeholders, within the framework of the Group Technique de Sécurité Alimentaire et Nutritionnel (GTSAN), the coordination group for organizations working in the food security sector in Haiti.

Looking ahead, the national IPC TWG aims to improve the quality of IPC analyses and IPC products, as well as to strengthen the technical experience of IPC analysts and Level 2 trainers. In 2018, the IPC GSU will focus on prioritizing a full retroactive quality review and Cross Country Learning Exchanges (CCLE) to address these issues.

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