Protocols for completing Function 2

Function 2 promotes systematic analysis of complex information to classify populations and areas into meaningful categories to guide decision-making. Classification of Chronic Food Insecurity focuses on the identification of areas with severe food insecurity that requires urgent interventions to improve the quality and quantity of food consumption, and to lower the prevalence of chronic malnutrition. This is usually reached through interventions focusing on structural dimensions.

By completing Function 2, IPC classification should be able to answer these questions:

  • How severe is the situation?
  • Where are the most food-insecure people located?
  • How many people are chronically food-insecure?
  • Why are people chronically food-insecure?
  • Who are the food-insecure?

In order to complete Function 2 in IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Analysis, analysts need to follow six protocols, as introduced in Table 23 and further explained below.

While this section focuses only on the technical protocols that must be followed during the actual IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Analysis, the completion of the entire analysis cycle, including the preliminary activities related to adequate planning and preparation for analysis workshops, is of uttermost importance for a high quality and wide use of IPC products. Especially important to successful analysis is the preparation of evidence, including identification, gathering and conducting re-analysis as needed to better align indicators to the Reference Table and unit of analysis.