HA TSIU, 16 September 2008 (IRIN) -
Mathabang Letsoara, in her early twenties, lives with her family of six
in Ha Tsiu, a village 100km east of Maseru, capital of Lesotho. Food production
in their village has fallen steadily.
"We have less than half a sack of
maize to live on," she says. Letsoara points to a sack of maize, no
higher than her knee, stored in a corner of their mud-and-stone house.
It is at least another eight months to the next harvest.
Food prices have also gone up. The price
of maize-meal has shot up by 59 percent between July 2008 and March 2007,