US$0.8 m cash based transfers made
US$6.6 m six months (May - October 2018) net funding requirements, representing 33% of total
3,237 people assisted in May 2018
Contribute to the protection of livestock livelihood assets and increase the resilience of livestock dependent livelihoods to disasters.
19 892 households.
Food access improves with ongoing harvests
As a result of the ongoing harvests the majority of the country is currently facing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food security outcomes. Preliminary findings indicate that crop production for the 2018 season will be below average and most poor households will finish their food stocks much earlier than normal. From June to September Stressed (IPC Phase 2) area outcomes are projected as food security is expected to deteriorate among poor households that experienced a below-normal harvest.
THE ZERO HUNGER CHALLENGE (ZHC) is an international call for action made by the United Nations (UN) towards a vision of a world without hunger. It is fully aligned to the 2030 Agenda and reflects the five elements from within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The zero hunger challenge is also aligned to the Africa Union Commission’s Agenda 2063 on ‘The Africa we Want’.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Monyane Moleleki, launched an innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV and health programming in Lesotho on 8 May.
The Lesotho HIV and health situation room shows real-time service delivery data, producing a comprehensive picture and understanding of Lesotho’s HIV epidemic. It enables quick feedback on results at the national and community levels and identifies bottlenecks in access to health-care services.
2018 Crop production is expected to be lower than previous season
Following the Bureau of Statistics (BoS) crop assessment in March, heavy rains, flash flooding, and hailstorms are reported to have damaged crops and livestock and destroyed housing in Quthing, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Thaba-theka districts. Although the official results from the 2018 BoS crop assessment have not yet been released, preliminary findings indicated that 2018 production will be below 2017 production levels.
This update is produced by the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). It covers the period from 1 March 2018 up to 31 March 2018
Heavy rains, hailstorms and flash floods affected Quthing, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Thaba-Tseka districts
At least 1,418 people (314 households) impacted, including 12 people killed and many children injured
Consumption of green foods expected to improve household food security
Increased rainfall in February and March continues to improve crop and pasture conditions and water availability. Moisture deficits still exist but have decreased slightly since January. Cumulative rainfall is still below normal but has improved from 55-70 to 70-90 percent of normal. The improved rainfall is expected to help sustain good livestock body conditions from March-September.
Below-average 2017/18 crop yields expected due to poor seasonal rainfall
Dry weather conditions and high temperatures likely to reduce harvests in Southern Africa
FAO warns that food insecurity is set to rise again
26 February 2018, Rome - Poor rains and hot temperatures triggered water stress and adversely affected crop development in several areas of Southern Africa, FAO said today.
While cereal stocks in the region are ample, the spell of dry weather and erratic rains earlier in the season signals multiple risks to agricultural yields and may aggravate the impact of the Fall Armyworm pest.
January 2018 marked the commencement of the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP).
During January, WFP delivered food commodities for the first quarter of the year to 913 primary schools.
Verification of children for the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka took place in January.
Resilience building activities in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing continued; 1,613 people participated and will receive a cash incentive at the beginning of February.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and SADC Secretariat conducted a Joint Technical Assessment Mission of SADC Preventive Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho (SAPMIL) from 05 to 09 February 2018. Team was led by Mr. Simon Baza from the Secretariat of the AU Peace and Security Council. This mission was conducted pursuant to the decision of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) that was adopted at its 748th Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 January 2018.
USAID/PEPFAR food support for 36,500 people receiving antiretroviral therapy or treatment for tuberculosis and orphans and vulnerable children in Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek continued in September.
Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme supported by Japan assisted 11,166 children aged 06-23 months in Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka, and Mohale’s Hoek with super cereal plus.
WFP participated in the United Nations Country Team retreat aimed to discuss how to prioritize SDGs in Lesotho context.
Below normal cumulative rainfall is expected to impact 2017/18 crop yields
Since the start of the 2017/18 season rainfall performance has been performing poorly. To date, cumulative rainfall across most of the country is estimated to be 10-50 percent below normal. These moisture deficits are likely to have negative impacts on crop development and crop yields for the 2018 harvest.
With support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF provided safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to 23,563 drought-affected people in five districts. Since the start of the DFID-funded programme in July 2016 and up to December 2017, a total of 131,267 people (51 per cent female) gained access to WASH services in 45 communities, 34 primary schools and 4 health centres in 5 districts (Berea, Mafeteng,
Thaba Tseka, Quthing and Botha Bothe).
HABA TSEKA, Lesotho – “Before, I never used a condom, and I would force myself violently onto girls and young women,” said Kabelo*, 22, in rural Lesotho. A herder in Haba Tseka, he grew up in an area where violence is considered a normal, masculine trait.
Thapeli*, 21, grew up with similar views. He never attended school, and instead spent his time herding sheep, goats and cattle in the mountains.
He also says he used to abuse girls, intercepting them on their way home from school, even forcing them to have sex.
This Lesotho case study report (policy brief here) draws on fieldwork in October 2016, which looked at the extent to which social protection interventions and systems formed part of the response by the government and its partners to the El-Niño-induced drought and food insecurity of 2015-16. We also consider the potential for using these programmes and systems to address future shocks and provide a set of policy and operational recommendations.
To improve the food and nutrition security of vulnerable households, while protecting and restoring agriculture-based livelihood opportunities.
Government ministries, NGOs
181 292 households (906 460 people) – about 55% were headed by women.
A later than normal start of seasonal rains experienced across most of the country
The start of the rainfall season was delayed by 10 to > 40 days in several parts of the country. This later than normal start of rainfall has delayed planting activities, resulting in reduced incomes for casual-labor dependent households for the months of November and December. Delays in weeding opportunities are also expected in the coming months.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Dry conditions during planting period of 2018 cereal crops
However, rainfall prospects generally favourable for remainder of current 2017/18 season
Maize production in 2017 estimated at well aboveaverage level
Ample cereal supplies result in reduced import requirements for 2017/18 marketing year and increased stock levels
Food security conditions improved significantly, mostly on account of increased agricultural output