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05 Jul 2015 description

Lesotho has experienced a range of climate change shocks ranging from increasingly frequent droughts to unpredictable and heavy rainfall, resulting in an increased rate of soil erosion, desertification and reduced soil fertility which negatively affects agricultural production.

27 Jun 2015 description
report UN News Service

26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru.

“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the bereaved family and urges the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

13 Jun 2015 description

After the support they were receiving from WFP ended in November 2013, the farmers of Ha-Mohapi village defied the odds and worked to produce a flourishing fruit tree plantation. The proud farmers are today the envy of passers-by who stop to see how the trees have transformed a once barren area.

Farmers supported by WFP defy odds

By Tsitsi Matope

A three-acre plot of fruit trees is flourishing on a remote hillside of Ra-Mohapi Village in Mafeteng District, south of the capital, Maseru.

08 Apr 2015 description
report Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Evan Brown of Eads, Tennessee, is building a health club in Lesotho to give his community a safe place to exercise and learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. The new club will provide nearly 7,000 community members with access to programs that combine exercise and health education in a country where more than 22 percent of the population is living with HIV/AIDS, according to UNAIDS.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission to the Kingdom of Lesotho (SOMILES) has closed down following successful elections in the Kingdom held on 28th February, 2015.

The SADC Double Troika Summit plus Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania which was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 15th September, 2014 decided to deploy the SOMILES in order to address the political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

27 Feb 2015 description

Lesotho Emergency and Resilience Programme (ERP), implemented by FAO and the Government of Lesotho since 2012, has been retained as Finalist in the “Expo Milano 2015 Call for Best Sustainable Development Practices (BSDP)”. The BSDP is a competition organised by the Universal Exposition taking place in Milan (Italy) from 1st of May to 31st of October 2015 having as a theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”.

09 Jan 2015 description


Recently, farmers in Lesotho have been consistently obtaining low yields from their staple crops. This has affected food production as well as considerably reducing incomes.

02 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

There can be no doubting Lesotho’s commitment to education. In 2000, the country began making primary education free; a decade later, in 2010, it became compulsory. Now the country is trialling a startup that sends homework to pupils via mobile phone.

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24 Dec 2014 description


  • Planting of 2015 cereal crops is well underway with belownormal rains at the start causing some delays

  • 2014 cereal output was estimated at an average level

  • Maize prices decrease in capital Maseru, reflecting lower prices in South Africa (main supplier of imports)

  • Number of food insecure estimated to have increased in 2014/15

Below-normal rains at the start of 2014/15 cropping season

12 Dec 2014 description

By Tsitsi Matope

Maseru, Lesotho-

Lesotho is putting into practice an old saying: “it takes a village to raise a child”, as it refashions its national school feeding programme to become more inclusive of the local agricultural sector. Lesotho recognizes it will take a community to feed a child, and to also create a sustainable, home-grown feeding programme that benefits both children and smallholder farmers.

03 Dec 2014 description

By Tsitsi Matope

Maseru, Lesotho—The World Food Programme (WFP) currently feeds 200,000 students in Lesotho. Through a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding with the government, WFP will implement the national school feeding programme and build the government’s capacity to take over the programme in 2018. As WFP prepares to scale up its activities to reach 400,000 students, staff members are consulting those most affected by the change—the students themselves.

06 Nov 2014 description

For many years the farming community of Ha-Sankoe in Rothe communal area has struggled to cope with extreme weather shocks that have left many families destitute. They have toiled in barren fields but ended up harvesting little. Despite years of food insecurity, this year the heavens smiled on Ha-Sankoe after the World Food Programme (WFP) introduced a Food-for-Assets scheme. Thanks to a US$ 1 million contribution from the Government of Russia, 80 villagers from Rothe have been able to rehabilitate their eroded land.

31 Oct 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

UNFPA Regional Director calls for support to reduce maternal deaths, HIV, teen pregnancy

Lesotho’s high maternal mortality rate of 1155 per 100,000 live births and high HIV infection rates are cause for concern, said Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, during an official three-day visit to Lesotho this week.

The Regional Director met Lesotho’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohlabi Tsekoa, for a discussion and toured the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) clinic.

06 Oct 2014 description

In the community councils of Litjotjela and Maloaneng, Leribe District in Lesotho, Mrs Masekhametsi Hlomoka and Mrs Sesinyi Ramatekoa are beneficiaries of a pilot initiative complementing Social Protection cash grants with home gardening in-kind support helping families to improve their food intake and nutrition.

01 Oct 2014 description

Improving nutrition and reducing stunting in children - low growth for age - is not easy. Part of the trick is getting people to understand what difference a healthy diet can make for them and their youngsters.

Semonkong - That a man can enjoy eggs while his wife and daughters endure a poor diet is commonplace is some parts of Lesotho.

21 Sep 2014 description
report Mail and Guardian

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to Maseru, Lesotho, to pursue a regional mandate to help restore peace, stability and democracy to the country, his office said on Sunday.

21 Sep 2014 description

09/21/2014 02:39 GMT

by Michael J. JORDAN

MASERU, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - A police officer killed in Lesotho's August 30 abortive coup was laid to rest Saturday.

The death of Lesotho police sub-inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko was the first and so far only fatality in the tiny African nation's three-week crisis.

For the mountain kingdom, dealing with his killers has become a question of war and peace.

Working a night-shift, Ramahloko was guarding the force's armoury when he heard soldiers burst in and bark their demands.

17 Sep 2014 description


During the month of June 2014, up to 106 farmers practicing Conservation Agriculture (CA) had the opportunity to exchange views, experiences and ideas with other farmers during their visit to two communities outstanding in the practice of CA in Tale and Mahobong Resource Centres in Lesotho.


15 Sep 2014 description

09/15/2014 19:01 GMT

by Stephanie Findlay with Michael J. Jordan in Maseru

PRETORIA, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - South Africa hosted an emergency meeting of regional leaders to negotiate a peace deal for Lesotho on Monday, following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties.

12 Sep 2014 description

09/12/2014 16:33 GMT

by Michael J. Jordan

MASERU, September 12, 2014 (AFP) - Lesotho's deadlocked political parties failed to meet a Friday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders.

After promising South African President Jacob Zuma that they would decide by Friday when to re-open Lesotho's parliament, rival leaders failed to resolve a crisis sparked two weeks ago by an aborted coup.