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From Protection to Production: Complementing cash grants with enhanced production capacities

In the community councils of Litjotjela and Maloaneng, Leribe District in Lesotho, Mrs Masekhametsi Hlomoka and Mrs Sesinyi Ramatekoa are beneficiaries of a pilot initiative complementing Social Protection cash grants with home gardening in-kind support helping families to improve their food intake and nutrition.

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Only Men Go To Work On An Egg In Parts Of Lesotho

Improving nutrition and reducing stunting in children - low growth for age - is not easy. Part of the trick is getting people to understand what difference a healthy diet can make for them and their youngsters.

Semonkong - That a man can enjoy eggs while his wife and daughters endure a poor diet is commonplace is some parts of Lesotho.

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Lesotho: National Vulnerability Assessment Results 2014 (LVAC)

Key Findings

The affected population that will require humanitarian assistance is estimated at 447,760 people for a period of 4-5 months from October/November 2014 to February/March 2015.

The estimated requirement for intervention for the 4-5 months period is 32,108 metric tonnes of maize equivalent or 257,861,320 Maloti.

The current assessment findings will hold as long as:

  • There are stable food prices throughout the season.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update September 2014

Stressed food insecurity projected from start of the lean season

Key Messages

  • Despite well above-average maize meal prices and below-average income from the 2013/14 agricultural season, most poor households are currently facing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity, meeting their basic food needs through purchases at adequately stocked markets and through own-produced staple foods.

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Ramaphosa returns to Lesotho, pursues mandate for peace restoration

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to Maseru, Lesotho, to pursue a regional mandate to help restore peace, stability and democracy to the country, his office said on Sunday.

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Still battling to resolve crisis, Lesotho buries victim of foiled coup

09/21/2014 02:39 GMT

by Michael J. JORDAN

MASERU, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - A police officer killed in Lesotho's August 30 abortive coup was laid to rest Saturday.

The death of Lesotho police sub-inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko was the first and so far only fatality in the tiny African nation's three-week crisis.

For the mountain kingdom, dealing with his killers has become a question of war and peace.

Working a night-shift, Ramahloko was guarding the force's armoury when he heard soldiers burst in and bark their demands.

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Conservation Agriculture explained by farmers to farmers in Lesotho

14/09/2014

During the month of June 2014, up to 106 farmers practicing Conservation Agriculture (CA) had the opportunity to exchange views, experiences and ideas with other farmers during their visit to two communities outstanding in the practice of CA in Tale and Mahobong Resource Centres in Lesotho.

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South Africa hosts Lesotho crisis summit

09/15/2014 19:01 GMT

by Stephanie Findlay with Michael J. Jordan in Maseru

PRETORIA, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - South Africa hosted an emergency meeting of regional leaders to negotiate a peace deal for Lesotho on Monday, following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties.

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Southern Africa: Weekly Report (9th to 15th September 2014)

Regional Overview

Lesotho

Political turmoil continues as parties have reportedly failed to reach consensus on the opening of Parliament. A special SADC meeting is due to be held in South Africa today, where the political situation and pressing security issues in Lesotho will be a key focus.

In Focus: Zambia

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Lesotho deadlock prompts fresh crisis summit

09/12/2014 16:33 GMT

by Michael J. Jordan

MASERU, September 12, 2014 (AFP) - Lesotho's deadlocked political parties failed to meet a Friday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders.

After promising South African President Jacob Zuma that they would decide by Friday when to re-open Lesotho's parliament, rival leaders failed to resolve a crisis sparked two weeks ago by an aborted coup.

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School Meals In Lesotho Get Good Review From Visiting Dignitary

A top official from South Africa sees for himself the impact of his country's donation on hunger relief in Lesotho and, in particular, the big difference it has been making for school children.

There was great excitement at Masapong Primary School in early September when it received a visit from South Africa’s Director General of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Jerry Matjila. He was in Lesotho to review the impact of his country’s US $20 million donation to WFP’s school meals and nutrition programmes in the Mountain Kingdom.

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Zuma prods Lesotho leaders to renew peace talks

09/10/2014 00:06 GMT

by Michael J. Jordan

MASERU, September 10, 2014 (AFP) - Rival Lesotho leaders vowed to resolve an 11-day crisis that has spurred calls for regional military intervention in the tiny African nation, after South Africa brokered talks on Tuesday.

The sparring factions agreed to hold further negotiations and present a concrete date for reopening Lesotho's parliament to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday.

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Southern Africa Weekly Report Map, 02 - 08 September 2014

Regional Overview

Lesotho

The situation in Lesotho remains calm but tense. It is being reported that Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is refusing to negotiate an end to the political stalemate. South Africa and SADC are still very much committed to dialogue to resolve the current situation.

In Focus: Mozambique

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Lesotho PM throws peace deal into doubt, Zuma to mediate

09/08/2014 14:28 GMT

by Tholoana Makoro

MASERU, September 8, 2014 (AFP) - Lesotho's prime minister told AFP on Monday that he would not reopen parliament, calling into question a South African-brokered peace deal which allowed him to return to the mountain kingdom after an attempted coup.

South African President Jacob Zuma will now travel to Maseru on Tuesday to try rescue the deal agreed just a week ago, diplomatic sources in Lesotho and South Africa said.

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Joint statement by the SADC Troika and leaders of the coalition of the Kingdom of Lesotho

Following the recent political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho, His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation met the delegation of the Coalition Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho consisting of the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Thomas Motswahae Thabane, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing and Hon. Morena T J Maseribane, Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation on 1 September 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr.

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Southern Africa: Weekly Report (25 August 2014 - 01 September 2014)

Regional Overview

The SADC Regional Climate Outlook for the rainfall season 2014/15 predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region this rainfall season (October 2014 to March 2015).

Madagascar

On 28 August a swarm of locusts invaded the capital Antananarivo. No significant crop damage has been reported, but the situation draws attention to the need for continued support for the three-year anti-locust campaign, which faces a funding gap of US$ 10 million.

Lesotho

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Tension as exiled Lesotho PM expected to return

09/02/2014 06:19 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Gunfire and power cuts rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru overnight, as the mountain nation awaited the possible return of its exiled prime minister following an apparent coup.

An aide to Tom Thabane told AFP the 75-year-old could return to the country Tuesday, after regional mediators brokered a road map to ease the country's political crisis.

"We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele said.

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Ban voices concern about reported military takeover in Lesotho

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UN News Service

31 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday about the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho, and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.

“He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.

“He urges all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.”

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Communiqué: The African Union warns against any Unconstitutional Change of Government in Lesotho

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African Union

The AU expresses full support to SADC efforts to address the crisis

Addis Ababa, 30 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU),

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following with deep concern the ongoing developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the deteriorating political situation in the country.

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Fears for Lesotho's future after 'coup'

08/31/2014 11:44 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - The attempted assassination of a top military commander plunged Lesotho into further turmoil Sunday, following an apparent coup that forced the prime minister to flee to neighbouring South Africa.

Gunmen attacked the Maseru home of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo confirmed, deepening a seeming battle for control of the military.

The pre-dawn attack was reportedly unsuccessful, killing only a dog, but Mahao's whereabouts is now unknown.

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