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FAO promotes conservation agriculture in Lesotho through three year programme

In response to the 2012 food insecurity crisis in Lesotho, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) designed a three-year cycle programme to assist 18 500 households with agricultural inputs and know-how on agricultural technologies helping communities to adapt to climate change, building their resilience to better withstand future shocks.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Report June 2014

Food access to remain stable throughout the country

Key Messages

  • Household own stocks from own production, stable food prices, and normal access to income will contribute to households accessing adequate food sources through typical sources, resulting in Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC phase 1) throughout the country.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Report - May 2014

Key Messages

Harvesting of cereals has started, increasing household access of food to own production resulting in Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1) throughout the country.

The cropping season has generally been favorable throughout the country, with localized constraints associated with late state of season in central, southern parts of the country and early frosting the Mountains and Northern lowlands livelihood zones. The outlook is for above-average production. The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics will release the crop assessment report in coming June.

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A Dangerous Diversion: Will the IFC’s flagship health public–private partnership bankrupt Lesotho’s Ministry of Health?


“Model hospital” for privatized African health care threatens to swamp country’s budget

IFC-supported private hospital project eating up 51% of Lesotho’s health budget

A new privately-run hospital supported by the World Bank’s private sector arm, the IFC, is threatening to bankrupt the health budget of one of the poorest and least-healthy countries in the world.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Lesotho 07-February-2014


  • Production prospects are favourable for 2014 cereal crop

  • Maize prices increased at the end of 2013

  • Food security conditions current stable

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update January 2014

Stable food prices and the start of the main harvest will ensure sufficient access to food

Key Messages

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Working Together to Bring Water to Lesotho

Governments and organizations from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are working hand-in-hand to provide clean water to homes and businesses in Lesotho—a prime example of donor coordination that will ultimately benefit the Basotho people.

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Helping hungry families in Lesotho

The British Red Cross provided help to an emergency appeal in Lesotho, where nearly three quarters of a million people were in desperate need of food.

Faced with a chronic food shortage affecting more than 725,000 people, the government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency in August 2012.

The Lesotho Red Cross launched an emergency appeal and, thanks to support from people like you, we contributed £69,000. We also sent a member of staff to help.

Causes and response

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Pregnant, positive and on HIV treatment for life


JOHANNESBURG, 5 December 2013 (IRIN) - In theory, protecting babies from HIV infection has become relatively simple: a process involving drugs for the woman before she gives birth and then for the baby after birth. But not in Lesotho, where poor health and transport infrastructure have meant that HIV-positive people living in remote mountain regions are often the last to receive care and treatment; doctors and nurses are in short supply; and almost a quarter of the population lives with HIV.


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Lesotho: Food Insecurity - Emergency appeal n° MDRLS003 final report

Period covered by this report: 10 December 2012 to 31 July 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,119,000

Appeal coverage: 34%

Appeal history:

• This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 15 October, 2012 for CHF 1,119,000 for 9 months to assist 8,000 beneficiaries (1,600 households).

• CHF 100,000 was allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in responding by delivering assistance.

• Operations Update no. 1 was issued on 31 October, 2012.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update November 2013

Stable incomes and humanitarian support ensure sufficient access to food


• Stable income opportunities associated with agriculture activities, ongoing poverty reduction and humanitarian programs, and the start of the green harvest are all expected to contribute to continued sufficient food access, resulting in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes from November-March.

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South African Farmers Help Hungry People In Lesotho – And In So Doing, Help Themselves

By purchasing from small holder farmers, WFP and it's partners are making positive changes on both sides of the border.

Smallholder farmer Sibongile Congwane (35) grins as she watches the mill employees carry bag after bag of maize meal, each marked with the South African flag, onto the trucks bound for Lesotho. This is the first consignment of maize purchased from South African smallholders to head to the Mountain Kingdom, where it will support the most vulnerable and food-insecure people.

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IOM Addresses Labour Shortages in Lesotho’s Health Sector

IOM has launched a project to support the Government of Lesotho to address labour shortages in the country’s health sector. Funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF), the USD 200,000 project aims to attract diaspora health professionals in South Africa, the UK and the US to fill critical labour shortages in Lesotho’s health sector.

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Changing health care in Lesotho

The services Mahlape receives at her community health clinic have drastically improved her health—and possibly even saved her life, she said. She receives regular checkups and antiretroviral treatments to battle her HIV. The treatments and immunizations have provided her infant son with a better chance at a more productive future.

And with the recent opening of a new clinic—whose construction was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation—Mahlape is hopeful even more people from her eastern Lesotho community will benefit.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update October 2013

Stable purchasing power continues to ensure sufficient access to food


  • Increasing income opportunities associated with agriculture activities, the start of green consumption in February/March, ongoing poverty reduction programs and a gradual increase in food prices are all expected to contribute to continued sufficient food access resulting in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes from October-March.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update September 2013

Favorable 2013/14 rains forecast


  • This peak of the dry season in September has been slightly drier than usual. However, forecasts suggest average to above-average October-March rains.

  • Stable or increasing incomes, stable food prices, and ongoing poverty reduction programs facilitate relatively average to good food access sufficient to meet minimum food needs (IPC Phase 1: Minimal) at least through December.