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SENAC - Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessment Capacity2007 WORKPLANFOR WFP ACTIVITIES TO ADAPT THEINTEGRATED FOOD SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN PHASE CLASSIFICATION (IPC)BACKGROUNDUnder the Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessment Capacity (SENAC) project,WFP is working closely with FAO and other partners to “develop, implement andadvocate a commonly accepted, standardized tool for classifying food insecurity.”This is based on the Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classification(IPC) approach 1 that identifies the severity, underlying causes and expected trends ina country’s food security. The IPC has been used in Somalia for several years and isnow being piloted in other countries in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHOA), Indonesiaand Cambodia, using provisional technical guidelines prepared by FAO. 2During inter-agency consultations on the topic in early 2007 strong support andinterest were expressed by a number of partners including FEWS NET, Oxfam, Savethe Children US + UK, Care International, and several academics to collaborate onthe IPC.The following workplan identifies the key activities and expected timeline (Annex) forWFP’s pilot efforts in 2007 (pending the finalization of a multi agency implementationplan for 2008 onwards). It also notes how these complement FAO’s plans for thesame time period.MAJOR ACTIVITIESIn 2007, WFP, FAO and other partners will collaborate to further develop, refine andapply the IPC at two levels:A. Regional and country-level pilotsAdditional country level pilots will be conducted in different regions to developrelevant technical and procedural lessons on how to adapt the IPC approach to othercountries and situations. Country Pilots: In consultation with regional and country-level staff andpartners, WFP will lead 3-5 pilots in three diverse regions by applying the IPCapproach to its food security analysis, assessment, monitoring and earlywarning products (CFSVAs, EFSAs and FSMS). Pilot countries will beselected according to agreed criteria 3 , and follow process guidelines whichhave been developed based on the pre-pilot experiences in Indonesia andCambodia. WFP will select pilot countries outside the GHOA region in orderto complement the experience being gained in that region under theleadership of FAO.1 Developed by the Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) for Somalia.2 FAO/FSAU 2006. Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classification: Technical ManualVersion I. Nairobi., FAO/FSAU Technical Series IV.11. Available for download at:http://www.fsausomali.org/uploads/Other/761.pdf3 Countries (i) with an ongoing crisis or with a high degree of vulnerability to food-security shocks, (ii)from a range of different regions, livelihood systems and humanitarian contexts, including natural/manmadeand slow-/sudden-onset disasters, or (iii) where a CFSVA requires updating (i.e. using recentsecondary data).March 2007 1


SENAC - Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessment Capacity – IPC Workplan 2007 Lessons: Each WFP-lead pilot will include a two-part lessons exercise tocapture technical (from the IPC team) and managerial/institutional (fromagency and donor decision-makers) lessons from WFP and partner staff. Atthe end of 2007, a workshop will be held with selected regional and countryoffice staff from the pilot countries (including from GHOA region) to discussthese lessons, recommend changes to the IPC guidance manual andapproach, and to further refine the implementation plan for the IPC in 2008and beyond. WFP Collaboration in GHOA: WFP’s Country Offices and Regional Bureau,Kampala (ODK) will contribute to the FAO-led roll-out of the IPC in 5-6countries in this region. This process is guided by the Food Security andNutrition Working Group (FSNWG) in Nairobi, in which WFP participates. TheSENAC funding will cover ODK participation in monthly meetings of the IPCtask force of the FSNWG, and WFP’s contribution to two planned IPCtechnical roll-out workshops in 2007.This pilot work will contribute to refining the current IPC guidelines, and to developinga global implementation plan (2008 onwards) to roll out the IPC approach (see Part Bbelow).B. Global development of the IPC and related toolsThe goal of these efforts is the gradual expansion and wider adoption of the IPC andrelated tools over the next 3-5 years. In 2007, the following activities will take place toadvance this goal: The IPC Technical Manual will be refined based on feedback from pilotingand technical consultations. This will include obtaining comments on the IPCmanual and approach through an online technical forum of food securityexperts, for incorporation by year-end into a revised manual. WFP willparticipate in the forum, assist in summarizing the key issues andrecommendations, and comment on proposed revisions of the IPC manual. Formulate a joint multi-agency implementation plan (and proposal for donors)for 2008 onwards.March 2007 2


SENAC - Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessment Capacity – IPC Workplan 2007ANNEX: OVERVIEW OF SENAC INTEGRATED FOOD SECURITY CLASSIFICATION WORKPLAN: MARCH – DECEMBER 2007A. Regional and Country-level ImplementationObjective Activity Major Steps for WFP DatesConduct 3-5 pilots in ODB, ODD,ODC or ODP (in addition toIndonesia and Cambodiacompleted in early 2007)1. Develop process guidelines and criteria for implementing pilots2. Contact RBs, COs and potential partners to select pilots3. Conduct pilots, including awareness-raising (RB and CO)/training,technical support, stakeholder discussions, response option analysisFeb-DecDevelop IPC toolsthrough piloting inother regions (WFPlead)Roll-out IPC in 5-6more countries inthe Greater Horn ofAfrica (FAO lead)Conduct lessons exercises ineach participating COHold round table meeting onlessons learned from WFP/FAOand other partner pilotsParticipate in IPC GHOA roll-out(Somalia plus potential pilots inDRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan,Tanzania and Uganda)4. Arrange for Advisory Group input and review of these pilots1. To be led by regional bureaux or HQ, possibly using AAR focal points2. Develop guidance or template to standardize lessons from technicaland “decision-maker” stakeholders (PDP assistance)3. Produce lessons-learned for each pilot country1. Analyze lessons from pilots, including (a) lessons/insights for a globalimplementation strategy and (b) technical and process suggestions forrefining guidelines on IPC2. Organize workshop with partners1. Regional bureau participation in the monthly meetings of the FoodSecurity and Nutrition Working Group’s IPC task force2. WFP participation in regional Technical Roll-out Trainings3. CO/RB participation in country pilotsMar-NovNovMarch-DecB. Global Development of the IPC and Related ToolsObjective Activity Major Steps for WFP DatesRefine technicalguidance on IPC(FAO lead)Obtain feedback through onlineTechnical Forum1. Participate in FAO Online Forum and help summarize issues2. Contribute to technical review and comment on revised IPC guidelines14 Feb-MidSeptDevelop multiagencyIPCimplantation planFormulate a joint implementationplan and proposal for funding IPCactivities from 2008 onwards1. Contribute to agenda and presentations, and attend March meeting2. Collaborate with partners to finalize implementation plan by end June3. Present plan to extra-ordinary meeting of SENAC Steering Committeein JuneMar-JunMarch 2007 3

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