Food insecurity to persist due to low incomes and high staple food prices
The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) results show that 680,000 rural people are in need of food assistance and livelihood protection.
WFP is appealing for additional funding for its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) which targets 263,000 drought affected people. In the broader response operation, WFP will work with communities in resilience building activities.
Risk rises as women and girls turn to sex to survive and hungry patients miss treatment, UNICEF says
By Magdalena Mis
ROME, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations childrens' agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.
UNICEF provided support for the completed Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC), which revised the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance from 725,000+ down to 679,437.
UNICEF is reaching 69,000 of the most vulnerable children (51% girls), through its Cash Grant Top Up response, which provides relief for families in response to the food price shock during the winter months.
Most areas will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) throughout the 2016/17 consumption year
The new preliminary Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) results show that 680,000 rural people are in need of food assistance and livelihood protection support throughout the country.
WFP is looking for additional funding for its wider response operation targeting 263,000 people affected by the drought. In the broader response operation, WFP will work with communities in resilience building activities.
In early 2016 DMA requested LVAC to conduct a market assessment to determine the functionality of food market systems (for maize, pulses and cooking oil) in Lesotho. The market assessment was undertaken to analyze Lesotho’s food market environment, structure and network. The assessment shed light on financial and physical infrastructure, trader typology, trader limitations and constraints to trade as well as covering market functionality throughout different seasons in a year.
The market assessment was conducted to determine the functionality of the food market systems for maize, beans and cooking oil in Lesotho. The findings demonstrate that markets in Lesotho are well-integrated and are functioning. The report also explores Lesotho’s cereal availability for the 2016-17 season, which remains one of the key food security concerns for the upcoming marketing season especially in light of the soaring food prices in the country as well as across southern Africa.
UNICEF provided support for the now completed Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC), having received preliminary results in mid-May. The process of completing the final data analysis is underway with the final results expected to be released on 6 June 2016.
The preliminary LVAC findings have revised the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance from 725,000+ down to 679,437.
679,437 rural people affected
All 10 districts affected
477,000 people in need of immediate food assistance
4,000 cash-transfer (households)
The results by the Lesotho Vulnerability Committee (LVAC) shows that 679,437 rural people affected by the El Niño drought are in need of livelihood and food assistance.
WFP is appealing for financial assistance to implement its wider response programme targeting 263,000 people in the worst affected areas.
A total of 4,000 families most affected by the El Niño drought received their second tranche of M 1,020 (USD 65) worth of assistance in April. WFP is providing assistance to 20,000 people most affected by the drought in Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek districts.
WFP is providing technical assistance in the collection of data for the Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC). Results will inform longer-term interventions. A nutrition assessment is also underway and results will be incorporated into the LVAC.
UNICEF is contributing to an ongoing Vulnerability Assessment that will provide data on the magnitude and locations of malnutrition cases countrywide, and will identify water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs among the affected population.
Lesotho continues to face a drought crisis. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on the population are set to continue and worsen until at least April 2017.
Below normal rainfall has continued in Lesotho with forecasts predicting this is likely to persist until June 2016.
The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.
Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.
Food insecurity to persist during the post-harvest period
WFP started providing M1,020 (USD 65) each month to 4,000 families severely affected by the El Niño drought in Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek districts.
The severe effects of the El Niño drought will be felt beyond the May/June harvest period. A majority of farmers did not plant their fields due to extreme dry weather conditions in 2015.
WFP is supporting the collection of data for the Cost of Hunger Study. Results will quantify the socio-economic impact of malnutrition.
MATSIENG, Lesotho – Lesotho’s digital Population and Housing Census 2016 kicked off successfully with the ‘first enumeration’ of the Royal Homestead, the Head of State His Majesty King Letsie III and his family, in Matsieng on Sunday 10 April.
The launch also included the enumeration of the household of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mothetjoa Metsing, and his family in Mahobong, Leribe. The Prime Minister, Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili, is expected to be enumerated today.
By: Thea Rabe, Norwegian Red Cross
When the Ntsoa family realized they were not going to get any harvest from their land in southwestern Lesotho this season, Mathabo Ntsoa’s daughter had to leave to find work in the city. Now, Mathabo, 65, is left alone in the village, taking care of her three grandchildren.
“We have nothing. Nothing to plough, nothing to harvest,” Mathabo says, while her youngest granddaughter Rethabile, aged 3, sits between her legs.