Nutrition and mortality indicators have long been used to guide decision-makers in humanitarian and development programmes. This study provides guidance to IPC practitioners on the significance and use of nutrition and mortality indicators for the classification of different food security phases. The study is based on an in-depth literature review, combined with a two‐day technical consultation held in Rome in July 2009, attended by 33 experts representing 18 agencies and institutions, who reviewed the draft document and provided valuable feedback.
The study is also a very rich basis for further work, including in strengthening linkages between food security and nutrition analysis and in revisiting the definition and interpretation of the reference levels of various indicators for the classification of the depth of food insecurity. This study was originally commissioned by the SCN TF/AME and fully supported by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Global Partnership programme.