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Identification and analysis of areas at risk and populations affected by food and nutrition Insecurity
Analyse et identification des zones à risque et des populations en insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle
Enhanced Comparability for Greater Coverage
Une meilleure comparabilité pour une meilleure couverture

THE CH - IPC COLLABORATION - Enhanced Comparability for Greater Coverage

Since 1999, the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel, CILSS) along with ECOWAS, UEMOA, United Nations agencies (FAO, WFP and UNICEF), non-governmental organizations (ACF, Save the Children, Oxfam) and other international organisations such as FEWS NET, have been engaged in the development and implementation of the Cadre Harmonisé for the analysis and identification of areas at risk and populations affected by food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa.

The Cadre Harmonisé is a unifying tool that helps to produce relevant, consensual, rigorous, and transparent analyses of current and projected food and nutrition situations. It classifies the severity of food and nutrition insecurity based on the international classification scale through an approach that refers to well-defined functions and protocols. CH results are communicated in a clear, coherent, and effective manner, so as to support decision-making by linking information to action. The CH is also a tool that helps to plan the response to food and nutrition crises as part of the intervention Analysis - Planning - Implementation - Monitoring/Evaluation continuum.

Similarly to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), the CH relies on the existing food security and nutrition information systems already in place in most Sahel countries since 1985, and in other coastal countries of West Africa. Over the years, CH and IPC partners have been working closely to harmonise their tools and processes and promote cross-learning and mutual support in various areas of work, including technical development, analysis, quality assurance, communication, etc.

In recent years, technical developments on both sides have led to increased similarities and convergence between the CH and the IPC, that have resulted in comparable analyses findings in more than 40 countries (i.e. 18 countries using the CH scale and 25 countries using the IPC).

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