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23 May 2015 description

Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes likely due to poor production and low purchasing power

KEY MESSAGES

  • Own stocks from the recent harvest, stable food prices and ongoing safety nets will maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes between May and July. However, increases in food prices, declining incomes, and the end of some safety-net programs will result in the deterioration of food insecurity outcomes for poor households to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) between August and September.

01 May 2015 description

Anticipated below-average harvest and rise in food prices to impact food access for 2015/16

KEY MESSAGES

  • The start of main harvests, relative stable food prices supplemented by ongoing safety-net programmes will maintain sufficient food access for most households, resulting in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes between April to June 2015.

08 Apr 2015 description
report Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Evan Brown of Eads, Tennessee, is building a health club in Lesotho to give his community a safe place to exercise and learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. The new club will provide nearly 7,000 community members with access to programs that combine exercise and health education in a country where more than 22 percent of the population is living with HIV/AIDS, according to UNAIDS.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission to the Kingdom of Lesotho (SOMILES) has closed down following successful elections in the Kingdom held on 28th February, 2015.

The SADC Double Troika Summit plus Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania which was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 15th September, 2014 decided to deploy the SOMILES in order to address the political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

27 Mar 2015 description

Poor rainfall performance suggests below-average crop production likely

Key Messages

  • Stable food prices, peaking of green consumption, start of main harvest with associated labor opportunities, and ongoing safety-net programming are expected to ensure sufficient food access for most households, resulting in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes from March to June 2015.

28 Feb 2015 description

Main harvest and associated agricultural labor to improve food access

KEY MESSAGES

  • According to the latest GIEWS food price data, prices remain high and are at their peak as the lean season continues. The high retail prices for imported maize and limited incomes are constraining poor households’ ability to adequately meet livelihood needs. Poor rural households across the country will remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in February.

27 Feb 2015 description

Lesotho Emergency and Resilience Programme (ERP), implemented by FAO and the Government of Lesotho since 2012, has been retained as Finalist in the “Expo Milano 2015 Call for Best Sustainable Development Practices (BSDP)”. The BSDP is a competition organised by the Universal Exposition taking place in Milan (Italy) from 1st of May to 31st of October 2015 having as a theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”.

24 Feb 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

WFP remains committed to the two strategic priorities under its 2012-2017 Country Strategy:

a) Enhancing Resilience and Responsiveness to Food Security Shocks.

23 Jan 2015 description

Start of green consumption and main harvest will ensure sufficient access to food

Key Messages

09 Jan 2015 description

09/01/2015

Recently, farmers in Lesotho have been consistently obtaining low yields from their staple crops. This has affected food production as well as considerably reducing incomes.

02 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

There can be no doubting Lesotho’s commitment to education. In 2000, the country began making primary education free; a decade later, in 2010, it became compulsory. Now the country is trialling a startup that sends homework to pupils via mobile phone.

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24 Dec 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2015 cereal crops is well underway with belownormal rains at the start causing some delays

  • 2014 cereal output was estimated at an average level

  • Maize prices decrease in capital Maseru, reflecting lower prices in South Africa (main supplier of imports)

  • Number of food insecure estimated to have increased in 2014/15

Below-normal rains at the start of 2014/15 cropping season

22 Dec 2014 description

Safety nets, seasonal income likely to limit food insecurity to Stress (IPC Phase 2) through March

Key Messages

  • Stable food prices, ongoing safety-net and subsidy programs, and the start of green consumption in February to March together with income opportunities associated with agriculture activities, are all expected to limit acute food insecurity to Stress (IPC Phase 2) from December-March.

12 Dec 2014 description

By Tsitsi Matope

Maseru, Lesotho-

Lesotho is putting into practice an old saying: “it takes a village to raise a child”, as it refashions its national school feeding programme to become more inclusive of the local agricultural sector. Lesotho recognizes it will take a community to feed a child, and to also create a sustainable, home-grown feeding programme that benefits both children and smallholder farmers.

03 Dec 2014 description

By Tsitsi Matope

Maseru, Lesotho—The World Food Programme (WFP) currently feeds 200,000 students in Lesotho. Through a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding with the government, WFP will implement the national school feeding programme and build the government’s capacity to take over the programme in 2018. As WFP prepares to scale up its activities to reach 400,000 students, staff members are consulting those most affected by the change—the students themselves.

27 Nov 2014 description

Safety nets, seasonal income likely to limit food insecurity to Stress (IPC Phase 2) through March

Key Messages

  • Stable food prices, ongoing safety-net and subsidy programs, and the start of green consumption in February to March together with income opportunities associated with agriculture activities, are all expected to contribute to sufficient access to food and production costs resulting in Stress (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity outcomes from December-March.

06 Nov 2014 description

For many years the farming community of Ha-Sankoe in Rothe communal area has struggled to cope with extreme weather shocks that have left many families destitute. They have toiled in barren fields but ended up harvesting little. Despite years of food insecurity, this year the heavens smiled on Ha-Sankoe after the World Food Programme (WFP) introduced a Food-for-Assets scheme. Thanks to a US$ 1 million contribution from the Government of Russia, 80 villagers from Rothe have been able to rehabilitate their eroded land.

05 Nov 2014 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. The Lesotho Red Cross Society will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.

The situation

31 Oct 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

UNFPA Regional Director calls for support to reduce maternal deaths, HIV, teen pregnancy

Lesotho’s high maternal mortality rate of 1155 per 100,000 live births and high HIV infection rates are cause for concern, said Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, during an official three-day visit to Lesotho this week.

The Regional Director met Lesotho’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohlabi Tsekoa, for a discussion and toured the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) clinic.