Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update, August 2013
Stable food prices contribute to projected Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes
• The majority of rural households in the country are currently facing Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1). Households are meeting their basic food needs through adequately stocked markets and other food outlets, and access to own produced foods.
• Stable food prices, especially maize meal, continue to facilitate access to adequate food for the market dependent poorer households. In addition, ongoing government and partner programs are also contributing to adequate food access for the chronically vulnerable households.
• The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) annual assessment in May and June identified about 223,000 people (15 percent of the rural population) who are at risk of acute food insecurity between October 2013 and February 2014. However, the final report of this assessment is yet to be released.