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Honduras

Honduras was the first Latin American country in which the IPC Classification System was introduced. The first IPC Acute Food Insecurity training and analysis were led in Tegucigalpa in May 2010. Initially, the IPC was introduced at sub-national level through the Mesas SAN (Food and Nutrition Security Roundtables). Since 2015, the national IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) decided to prioritize 10 departments of the Dry corridor for IPC Acute Food Insecurity analyses, organized geographically in three sub-national regions (Northwest, Lempa and Gulf of Fonseca) and it has been regularly producing one IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis per year.

The IPC analysis is led by the Honduras Technical Unit of Food Security (UTSAN). Relevant stakeholders are part of the national TWG – including WFP, FAO, Fewsnet, representatives from key national Government institutions, international organizations and civil society.

In terms of contribution to policy and decision making, the IPC is well positioned to contribute to the goals of Honduras’s Alianza para el Corredor Seco (ACS) 2014-2019 proposal funded through the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GASFP).

Looking ahead, the national IPC TWG continues working towards: prioritizing efforts to increase awareness of the applicability of IPC information among mid- to senior-level decision makers; collectively promoting the IPC at both the technical and decision-making levels within the country; identifying other initiatives and networks that can proactively promote the institutionalization of the IPC within the government; and planning strategically and inclusively for institutionalization and ownership of the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity scale, bringing partners from the development sector into the roll-out of an IPC Chronic Food Insecurity analysis.

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