Lesotho Food Insecurity Situation Report # 2 - August 24, 2012

Report
from UN Resident Coordinator for Lesotho
Published on 24 Aug 2012

This report is produced by the Resident Coordinator’s Office in collaboration with humanitarian partners.
It covers the period from 1 July 2012 to 20 July 2012. The next report will be issued by the end of July 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS / KEY PRIORITIES

  • On the 9th of August, 2012, the Prime Minister of Lesotho Tom Motsoahae Thabane declared a food crisis situation and called on development partners to assist.

  • Preliminary Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) results issued on 17 July 2012 indicated 725,000 people are food insecure.

  • The UN Country team have been approved to receive a CERF Rapid Response grant of $US6.2 million to start immediate life-saving activities including: agricultural inputs for the most vulnerable farmers; food parcels or cash transfers to the most vulnerable families; management of moderate, acute and severe malnutrition, strengthening of disease surveillance and prevention and management of gender-based violence.

  • The Government of Lesotho (GoL) is currently preparing a response plan that will soon be announced. Preliminary figures from GoL indicate around $150,000, 000 would be needed.