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FOOD INSECURITY DATA: Cadre Harmonisé data now available on the IPC website

Apr 2021
West Africa

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and the Cadre Harmonisé (CH) have today taken their long-term collaboration in food insecurity and malnutrition analysis to another level by joining data on the IPC website, on www.ipcinfo.org. Both initiatives use a similar analytical approach that produces relevant, consensual, rigorous, and transparent findings on current and projected food security and nutrition situations.

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, UNICEF and WFP), non-governmental organizations (Action Against Hunger, Oxfam and Save the Children) and other international organisations such as FEWS NET, have been engaged in the development and implementation of the CH for the analysis and identification of areas at risk and populations affected by food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa.

The CH 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 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 analysis findings in more than 40 countries (i.e. 18 countries using the CH scale and 25 countries using the IPC).

In 2020, the IPC launched a new mapping tool on the IPC website that allows users to visualise, customise and download maps and data of countries covered by the IPC. The joint CH-IPC web page, powered by the new IPC mapping tool, provides the most comprehensive acute food insecurity classifications that offers a ‘big picture’ view and easy comparability of acute food insecurity data on a single platform.

The CH maps, documents and events calendar can be accessed at www.ipcinfo.org/ch.

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