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17 Aug 2017 description


• The relief assistance distributions continued as planned immediately after the country’s general elections. June marks the end of relief interventions.

• The Humanitarian Country Team in Lesotho organised a Media Breakfast and a Media Field Trip.

• The manual to make Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) nutrition sensitive was developed by stakeholders.

Operational Updates

16 Aug 2017 description
report World Bank


  • The effects of the 2015 El-Nino induced drought lasted well into 2017, and affected a quarter of Lesotho’s population of 2.2 million.

  • A US$20 million Social Assistance Project received an additional US$20 million from the Bank as part of the emergency response.

  • Cash top-ups of 500 maloti (about US$38) per household helped parents put food on the table and keep their children at school.

14 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • UNICEF, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), continues to provide safe drinking water to drought-affected populations. Construction work and mobilization has commenced in four drought-affected districts to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to targeted 17,000 people including 7,160 children (3,650 girls);

  • Since January 2017, 685 children (375 boys and 310 girls) have been admitted and treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM);

10 Aug 2017 description

This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 31 May 2017 up to 7 August 2017.

08 Aug 2017 description

The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) conducted the annual vulnerability assessment in June 2017, which shows a Food Insecure Population by Year large improvement in food security, in comparison to the previous years. The LVAC assesses food security, nutrition and WASH needs in the 10 districts of Lesotho. In 2017, for the first time, the LVAC also assessed urban vulnerability.

04 Aug 2017 description

Key points:

  • Food prices remain stable

  • Households in the south are under more stress than those in the north

  • The use of some food-related negative coping strategies has fallen in rural areas

  • Fewer poorer households are using negative coping strategies

Situation update

27 Jul 2017 description

Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes expected to continue through the post-harvest period

06 Jul 2017 description

Key points:

Mountain and southern districts remain worse off than northern areas

Use of negative coping strategies is lower among households who buy food compared to those who produce their own food

Maize meal and wheat flour prices remain stable compared to April

Situation update

02 Jul 2017 description
infographic UN Population Fund

This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery. By highlighting results, areas that need strengthening, and data gaps, this snapshot can be used for determining priorities, programme planning and resource mobilization.

28 Jun 2017 description


  • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food security conditions are expected in Lesotho between June and September 2017.
    The food security situation has greatly improved due to the availability of food from household harvests, improved income, and decreasing staple prices. Along with these improvements, humanitarian assistance by many agencies has finally come to end. Beyond October 2017, as the lean season approaches, some pockets of Lesotho will likely begin to experience Stressed (IPC Phase 2 outcomes).

20 Jun 2017 description

In 2015/16 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Niño-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. Following the announcement of the government appeal in January 2016, Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and partners have managed to mobilise more than USD 40 million for the relief response. The priorities among the remaining gaps are the early recovery and resilience dimensions of the response. While the peak of El Niño weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until July 2017.

08 Jun 2017 description

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election. He commends the work of the Independent Electoral Commission in organizing the election and the role played by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in assisting the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure a peaceful political environment.

07 Jun 2017 description

Key points:

  • Use of negative coping strategies was stable in April

  • There was a 5 percent increase in households with poor food consumption

  • Maize meal was 22 percent cheaper than the same time last year

Seasonal outlook

05 Jun 2017 description


  • The Government advised the suspension of all relief activities in May, during the preparations for the elections on 03 June 2017.

  • The delivery of food for WFP supported schools for the second quarter has been finalized; however,
    Early Childhood Care and Development centres are yet to receive food as stocks are insufficient.

  • WFP and the Government have agreed on the extension until December 2019 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of school feeding.

31 May 2017 description

This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 17 March 2016 up to 31 May 2017.


  • The emergency response to the El Niñoinduced drought is still ongoing and is scheduled to continue until August 2017.
    While most humanitarian relief activities have been completed, the outstanding interventions are being terminated in the upcoming weeks.

23 May 2017 description

Appeal history:

· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entailed the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

21 May 2017 description

Ongoing harvests improve own food access in Lesotho

Key Messages

16 May 2017 description

In 2015/6 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Nino-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until at least May/June 2017. Humanitarian partners have been able to secure more than USD 40.7 million for the relief response.

16 May 2017 description

In December 2015, the Government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency after the worst drought in 35 years hit the country. Following the adoption of the National Emergency Response Plan in January 2016, the government appealed to the international community for humanitarian assistance in February 2016, pledging approximately US$ 11 million of its own resources. The United Nations Country Team mobilized US$ 4,782,918 through the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) which enabled the humanitarian programmes to start interventions in March/April 2016, which terminated in October 2016.