Topic outline

This course introduces the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) as an analytical approach for decision-makers. It explains the concepts on which the IPC is based, and provides all the necessary information to appreciate and critically use IPC products. The course is part of a series of e-learning courses on the IPC, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

This course has been moved to the IPC Global Platform website.


The course is aimed at professionals who are or want to be involved in IPC activities at global, regional or country levels, including:

  • food security and nutrition analysists 
  • local officers
  • sectoral experts 
  • communication officers.

  • Key features and benefits of the IPC approach
  • The three IPC classification scales: acute food insecurity, chronic food insecurity and acute malnutrition
  • The four Functions to generate IPC information products
  • The IPC food security and nutrition conceptual framework
  • The IPC process and governance

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 30 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – What the IPC is
  • Lesson 2 – How the IPC works
  • Lesson 3 – The IPC process and governance

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