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FAO promotes conservation agriculture in Lesotho through three year programme

In response to the 2012 food insecurity crisis in Lesotho, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) designed a three-year cycle programme to assist 18 500 households with agricultural inputs and know-how on agricultural technologies helping communities to adapt to climate change, building their resilience to better withstand future shocks.

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Working Together to Bring Water to Lesotho

Governments and organizations from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are working hand-in-hand to provide clean water to homes and businesses in Lesotho—a prime example of donor coordination that will ultimately benefit the Basotho people.

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Helping hungry families in Lesotho

The British Red Cross provided help to an emergency appeal in Lesotho, where nearly three quarters of a million people were in desperate need of food.

Faced with a chronic food shortage affecting more than 725,000 people, the government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency in August 2012.

The Lesotho Red Cross launched an emergency appeal and, thanks to support from people like you, we contributed £69,000. We also sent a member of staff to help.

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Pregnant, positive and on HIV treatment for life

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 5 December 2013 (IRIN) - In theory, protecting babies from HIV infection has become relatively simple: a process involving drugs for the woman before she gives birth and then for the baby after birth. But not in Lesotho, where poor health and transport infrastructure have meant that HIV-positive people living in remote mountain regions are often the last to receive care and treatment; doctors and nurses are in short supply; and almost a quarter of the population lives with HIV.

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South African Farmers Help Hungry People In Lesotho – And In So Doing, Help Themselves

By purchasing from small holder farmers, WFP and it's partners are making positive changes on both sides of the border.

Smallholder farmer Sibongile Congwane (35) grins as she watches the mill employees carry bag after bag of maize meal, each marked with the South African flag, onto the trucks bound for Lesotho. This is the first consignment of maize purchased from South African smallholders to head to the Mountain Kingdom, where it will support the most vulnerable and food-insecure people.

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IOM Addresses Labour Shortages in Lesotho’s Health Sector

IOM has launched a project to support the Government of Lesotho to address labour shortages in the country’s health sector. Funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF), the USD 200,000 project aims to attract diaspora health professionals in South Africa, the UK and the US to fill critical labour shortages in Lesotho’s health sector.

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Changing health care in Lesotho

The services Mahlape receives at her community health clinic have drastically improved her health—and possibly even saved her life, she said. She receives regular checkups and antiretroviral treatments to battle her HIV. The treatments and immunizations have provided her infant son with a better chance at a more productive future.

And with the recent opening of a new clinic—whose construction was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation—Mahlape is hopeful even more people from her eastern Lesotho community will benefit.

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Lesotho Government Team To Improve School Meals Know-How In South America

The visit is designed to help Lesotho officials integrate school feeding into broader national safety net policies and poverty alleviation programmes, and to support local agricultural production.

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New Mobile Clinics Take to the Road in Lesotho

Last month, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) teamed up with the Lesotho Ministry of Health (MOH) to launch two mobile health care clinics that will provide HIV/AIDS and other health care services to residents in Lesotho’s rural communities. On July 11, EGPAF’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Brad Kiley joined representatives from the Lesotho MOH and other high-level government officials at a ceremony to celebrate the new mobile units and how they will improve access to health care services to people throughout the country.

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Dry winter spells bad news for Lesotho's farmers

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IRIN

After two disastrous years, the 2012/2013 planting season yielded much improved harvests. However, the lack of early rains and snow needed for winter cropping and soil preparation suggests a less promising outlook.

IRIN:

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Saudi Arabia donates food to vulnerable people in Lesotho

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed 90 tons of food worth an estimated M1.7 Million (USD$196,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution to people affected by drought, floods and crop failure in Lesotho.

A press release from WFP on Friday says, a range of commodities that include white beans, wheat flour, corn flour, vegetable oil, milk powder and sugar was flown into the airport this morning and will now be transported by road to Lesotho.

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Supporting Mothers in the Mountain Kingdom

Imagine you are nine months pregnant, ready to give birth. You feel your contractions start. You are excited and afraid, but mostly you are in pain, praying that everything will go well. You also know that the nearest health facility where you can safely deliver your baby is four or more hours away, across mountainous terrain, much of which you’ll have to travel by foot.

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The hunger issue: Lesotho

Almost a billion people go hungry every day and 165 million children under five suffer from malnutrition – a startling fact when you consider there is enough food in the world to feed everyone.

With the G8 summit fast approaching and the UK government tasked with halving the number of people suffering with hunger by 2015, I took a look at how the British Red Cross is tackling three very different causes of hunger, starting with our programme in Lesotho.

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MCC Strengthens Health Systems in Lesotho to Prevent and Treat HIV/AIDS

Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs prevalence of approximately 23 percent is one of the highest in the world. In 2003, the epidemic caused life expectancy for the average Basotho to drop to 44 years. Lesotho has made slow but steady progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS; according to the World Bank, life expectancy has been on the rise, now reaching 48 years.

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Lesotho to Expand HIV and Tuberculosis Programs

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The Global Fund

Maseru, Lesotho – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that it is signing two grant agreements with the Ministry of Finance of Lesotho totaling US$17 million, to allow Lesotho to expand prevention and treatment of HIV and multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

Lesotho has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world, at 24 percent, and the fourth highest estimated TB incidence. The TB-HIV co-infection rates are the fifth highest in the world and multidrug resistant TB is a growing challenge.

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His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho visits OFID

Vienna, Austria, April 25, 2013. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) was honored to welcome today to its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho. Received by OFID Director-General Mr Suleiman J. Al-Herbish and senior members of OFID staff, the King was accompanied by Her Majesty Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso and a delegation of high-ranking officials, including three ministers.

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World Bank to Help Lesotho Provide Lifesaving Health Services for Mothers and Infants in Hard-to-Reach Areas

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World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 – The World Bank today signed an agreement with the Kingdom of Lesotho in Washington for the new Maternal and Newborn Health Performance-Based Financing Project.

The credit of US$12 million from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), with a grant of US$4 million from the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund, supported by the UK and Norway, will be used to introduce innovative financing for health facilities in Leribe and Quthing districts in the first year, with expansion to other districts in subsequent years.

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Why cash vouchers instead of food? Insights into CARE Lesotho’s emergency relief

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CARE

The rationale in using cash vouchers by CARE is primarily the existence of a well-functioning market in rural Lesotho, which made food distribution an unnecessary and costly exercise.

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Fishing for jobs in Lesotho

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IRIN

HASEPHAPO-TAUNYANE, 27 March 2013 (IRIN) - Tsotleho Befole, 24, travelled from the highlands of Lesotho to neighbouring South Africa twice in the past year, searching for work in the mines. Both times it proved fruitless.

"They said I needed a South African ID to get work. I only have a Basotho passport. [But] there is no work in Lesotho. Nothing," he told IRIN.

"The only work is down there," he clarified, pointing to a fish farm at the Katse Dam.

IRIN:

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