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30 Apr 2016 description
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Food insecurity to persist during the post-harvest period

KEY MESSAGES

20 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

13 Apr 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

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.

12 Apr 2016 description

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.

08 Apr 2016 description

This Emergency Appeal Revision highlights the change of strategy following a market survey undertaken in March 2016 just before the implementation of the cash transfer program. The cash granted per household has been reduced from CHF68 to CHF35 to take into account the market stability and current prices, and the number of beneficiaries increased accordingly from 4,500 people to 9,000 people as the needs are high. This resulted in a minimal budget change of less than 1%.

06 Apr 2016 description

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entails the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

05 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

• UNICEF, in partnership with WVI & MOSD, carried out a Child Protection Rapid Assessment. Key issues that emerged from the assessment were: separation of children from families due to labor in and out of the country, sexual and physical abuse of both girls and boys and cases of child marriage.

05 Apr 2016 description

MASERU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is giving cash assistance to 21,000 vulnerable people in Lesotho’s two districts worst-affected by the El Niño-related drought. This is WFP’s first ever emergency cash relief operation in the Mountain Kingdom.

30 Mar 2016 description

Increased food insecurity expected through June 2016

Key Messages

Following a recent drought assessment in Lesotho, food insecurity from January to June 2016 is expected to increase to 27 percent of the rural population. This projected increase is more than double the estimated food insecure population that was projected back in May 2015 by the Lesotho Vulnerable Assessment Committee (LVAC). This rise is attributed to the poor 2015/16 rainfall, the El Niño-induced drought, and well above-average staple food prices.

24 Mar 2016 description

By Tsitsi Matope — 24 March 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people are facing hunger as an El Niño-related drought takes its toll in Lesotho. To reduce its impact, WFP is giving money to the most vulnerable families in two of the worst-affected districts.

16 Mar 2016 description
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Across Southern Africa, the El Niño event officially declared in March 2015 is forecasted to continue and to peak in the first quarter of 2016. The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) has predicted the worst drought in decades.

10 Mar 2016 description

Highlights

•Over 534,000 people are at risk of food insecurity up to June 2016 (one in every four people in Lesotho) – the number is likely to go up beyond 725,000 people after June 2016.

•Over 377,000 people require immediate food or cash assistance to enable them to access food from the market as well as livelihood support to resuscitate own food production (revised figures will be available after June 2016 once crop forecast is available).

26 Feb 2016 description

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entails the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

26 Feb 2016 description

Pretoria, South Africa: 25 February 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today warned that a lack of funding means it is having to scale back activities to address the food insecurity situation facing millions of families across southern Africa.

20 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

• A multi-stakeholder Rapid Drought Impact Assessment was completed on February 8, 2016. The preliminary findings confirm that the country is facing a serious crisis relating to food security and water availability.

• The assessment found that 534,502 (more than 1 in 4) people were at risk of food insecurity until June 2016 with the situation expected to worsen in the second half of the year and the beginning of 2017 once the summer crop forecast for 2016 is available (June 2016).

17 Feb 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Poor production prospects for 2016 cereal crops due to El Nino‑associated dry conditions

  • Maize prices up on year-earlier levels, reflecting higher import costs and reduced 2015 output

  • Food security situation expected to worsen in 2015/16, on account of an expected production decline, poor livestock conditions and higher maize prices

Reduced seasonal rains severely weaken 2016 production prospects

13 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Michelle Marrion

UNICEF and its partners help bring health checkups, vaccinations, HIV testing and other services and support to communities in Lesotho, where they have long been out of reach for many residents.

MORIJA, Lesotho, 20 January 2016 – In the mountainous country of Lesotho, a 68-year-old grandmother arrives at the Ha Toloane primary school in the town of Morija. Her 3-year-old grandson is safely tucked in a traditional blanket draped around her shoulders, her stance and attire reminiscent of a caped super hero.

08 Feb 2016 description

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entails the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.