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Launch of the new IPC Mapping Tool

Oct 2020

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is happy to announce a new tool for our partners and users: the IPC Mapping Tool. It’s an enhanced interactive interface that shows a map of all the countries the IPC works in and allows you to download population data.

How it works

Each country is colour-coded by its latest IPC classification for both Acute Food Insecurity (AFI) and Chronic Food Insecurity (CFI) scales. Use the menu at the top of the Mapping Tool to set your search terms by Phase or Level, as well as by year. Then, hover your mouse over the country you are seeking data for, click and you will be taken directly to the analysis page complete with maps and population tables for both the current and projected periods. 

The most exciting feature of this new tool? You can customize the maps! 

Click on the arrow found on the left-hand side of the page. There you can change the size of your map and adjust the labels, including: country labels, analysis labels and settlement labels. Once you have the map you want, the IPC Mapping Tool allows you to download maps in the following formats: 

  • GeoJSON, an open standard format designed for representing simple geographical features, along with their non-spatial attributes.
  • Population datasets in excel format with IPC classifications.
  • Map images exports in “Portable Graphics Format or PNG format.

Data Validity & Coverage

The data featured in the IPC Mapping Tool is from 2017 onwards for both AFI and CFI for 35 countries covered by the IPC. However, analyses that pre-date 2017 are still linked to the tool.

Furthermore, maps are not available for countries coloured in grey, but you can still access the analyses, while countries outlined in turquoise represent the 17 countries in West Africa covered by Cadre Harmonise (CH) - you will be directed to the CH website when you click on them. Efforts to make that data available are underway. 

Find the IPC Mapping Tool on the IPC homepage at: http://www.ipcinfo.org/#mapping-tool.

For more information about the tool please see the attached User Guide to the IPC Mapping Tool or the above video. 

Please send feedback/questions to [email protected].

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