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The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification – New Nutrition Phase

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a set of tools that aims to classify the severity and magnitude of food insecurity. The IPC provides decision makers with a rigorous analysis of food insecurity that allows comparisons of situations across countries and over time, along with objectives for response.


Focus group discussions on feeding practices, Enayetpur, BangladeshAlthough nutrition elements are integrated within the IPC food insecurity analysis, it currently does not incorporate a full nutrition situation overview that considers malnutrition caused by factors other than food insecurity. To fill this gap, the IPC Global Partnership of 10 agencies is now developing a set of IPC Nutrition Classification tools and procedures. This will include the analysis of malnutrition caused by non-food related factors, such as inadequate caring practices and disease, as well as food related factors, to facilitate better targeting of interventions, and better integration of humanitarian and development and food and nutrition security response.







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A prototype has been developed and pilots and technical consultations are currently on-going. Version 1.0 of the Nutrition Classification is expected at the beginning of 2016.

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Editors (2016). The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification – New Nutrition Phase. Nutrition Exchange 5, May 2015. p31.



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