STAFF REPORT IBD: An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) training and analysis workshop has recently been organised by the Government of Pakistan, FAO and WFP to train a pool of Certified Food Security Analysts at national level and come up with the first IPC map reflecting the current food security situation in Pakistan.

According to details, as many as 50 food security experts were trained on analysis using IPC approach. The training was followed by an intensive workshop where the participants worked together in analysing the available information to develop a draft food security phase map of the country.

Participants included the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSandR), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), UN agencies, national and international NGOs, research organizations and academia.

In his remarks, NDMA Director Dr. Baseer Achakzai highlighted the role and importance of IPC in Pakistanis context. He expressed that outputs from IPC could provide important basis for the decision-makers to make evidence based policies and programmes.

WFP Country Director Jean-Luc Siblot expressed his confidence that the IPC results based on consensus by different stakeholders could be an important input to a national food security monitoring system.

FAO Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator Rajendra Aryal termed this workshop as a great opportunity to have food security and nutrition experts from different parts of the country working together and coming to consensus under one roof.

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