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23 Jun 2016 description


  • 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.

13 Jun 2016 description

Executive Summary

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.

12 Jun 2016 description

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.

Executive Summary

03 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

30 May 2016 description

In Numbers

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.

24 May 2016 description


  • 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.

20 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

19 May 2016 description


  • 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.

17 May 2016 description


  • 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.

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


20 Apr 2016 description


  • 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


• 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.