Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes expected to continue through the post-harvest period
Mountain and southern districts remain worse off than northern areas
Use of negative coping strategies is lower among households who buy food compared to those who produce their own food
Maize meal and wheat flour prices remain stable compared to April
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
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Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food security conditions are expected in Lesotho between June and September 2017.
The food security situation has greatly improved due to the availability of food from household harvests, improved income, and decreasing staple prices. Along with these improvements, humanitarian assistance by many agencies has finally come to end. Beyond October 2017, as the lean season approaches, some pockets of Lesotho will likely begin to experience Stressed (IPC Phase 2 outcomes).
In 2015/16 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Niño-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. Following the announcement of the government appeal in January 2016, Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and partners have managed to mobilise more than USD 40 million for the relief response. The priorities among the remaining gaps are the early recovery and resilience dimensions of the response. While the peak of El Niño weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until July 2017.
The Secretary-General congratulates the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election. He commends the work of the Independent Electoral Commission in organizing the election and the role played by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in assisting the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure a peaceful political environment.
Use of negative coping strategies was stable in April
There was a 5 percent increase in households with poor food consumption
Maize meal was 22 percent cheaper than the same time last year
The Government advised the suspension of all relief activities in May, during the preparations for the elections on 03 June 2017.
The delivery of food for WFP supported schools for the second quarter has been finalized; however,
Early Childhood Care and Development centres are yet to receive food as stocks are insufficient.
WFP and the Government have agreed on the extension until December 2019 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of school feeding.
This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 17 March 2016 up to 31 May 2017.
The emergency response to the El Niñoinduced drought is still ongoing and is scheduled to continue until August 2017.
While most humanitarian relief activities have been completed, the outstanding interventions are being terminated in the upcoming weeks.
· 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 entailed 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.
Ongoing harvests improve own food access in Lesotho
In 2015/6 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Nino-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until at least May/June 2017. Humanitarian partners have been able to secure more than USD 40.7 million for the relief response.
In December 2015, the Government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency after the worst drought in 35 years hit the country. Following the adoption of the National Emergency Response Plan in January 2016, the government appealed to the international community for humanitarian assistance in February 2016, pledging approximately US$ 11 million of its own resources. The United Nations Country Team mobilized US$ 4,782,918 through the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) which enabled the humanitarian programmes to start interventions in March/April 2016, which terminated in October 2016.
In February and March, UNICEF supported the national measles rubella vaccination campaign and reached 17,565 children aged 0-12 months.
From January 2017 to date, UNICEF has assisted the Ministry of Health to provide therapeutic feeding to 239 children (128 boys and 111 girls) with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
The use of food-related coping strategies falls in March
Households are engaging more frequently in at least one livelihood coping strategy
Maize meal prices continue to fall, reaching 9 percent below 2016 levels
Stock availability improves in markets
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund Representative to Lesotho Ms Nuzhat Ehsan has called upon the media in Lesotho to provide space for maternal health issues in their newspapers and programmes. She said it is through the media that policy makers would get to know about the state of maternal health and the high maternal mortality in the country.
Speaking during a press conference held at the United Nations building in Maseru on Thursday (04th May, 2017), Ms Ehsan stressed the need for reduction of maternal mortality to be in every policy makers’ agenda.
- In March, food insecurity began to improve as many households began consuming green crops during the peak of the lean season. The situation further improved in April as poor and very poor households began drying the main season harvest early this season and consuming their own production as well. In addition, humanitarian assistance is still ongoing and will likely end in May and June.
In March, WFP assisted 176,367 food-insecure people with cash and food. 53 percent of the beneficiaries were women.
WFP tracking indicates that the average maize prices decreased from M74/12.5kg in January to M72 in February. However, although lower than in 2016, the prices are 18 percent higher than the five year average.
The food security situation is gradually improving as manifested in the decline in negative coping strategies, according to WFP monitoring reports.
This preliminary final report provides an overview of progress made during the Appeal’s 10-month implementation timeframe. The final report will be published 31 May 2017 to incorporate the final financial report, which is currently being consolidated. The original EA was launched in response to the food insecurity situation in Lesotho brought on by the El-Nino induced drought.