In 2012, the combined production of cereals in Lesotho was the lowest in 10 years, representing only 32% of the average annual harvest. (UN Resident Coordinator for Lesotho, 20 Jul 2012)
On 17 Jul, preliminary Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) results indicated that 725,000 people were food insecure. The government declared a food crisis situation on 9 Aug and called on development partners to assist. (UN Resident Coordinator for Lesotho, 24 Aug 2012)
As of 12 Oct, the flash appeal is only 22% funded to date, with a current shortfall of about $30 million (OCHA, 16 Oct 2012).
The 2012/13 harvest is likely to be below average, though better than last year. Stressed food insecurity levels are expected through March 2013. (FEWS, 31 Jan 2013)