Lesotho: Food Security Update - February 2021

Situation Report
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 The country received heavy rains in January that caused loss of lives, animal death, destroyed crops and infrastructure.

 At least 54 foot bridges were destroyed, thus cutting access to services such as health services at the time of COVID-19 and for pregnant women, young children, and people on chronic medication.

 The Government moved the country from red to orange colour stage on the COVID-19 Risk Determination and Mitigation Framework, and this allowed some economic activities to occur.

 Household purchasing power continued to be undermined by loss of incomes especially in urban areas due to limited business operations following COVID-19 induced total lockdown.

 All the 10 districts remained in phase 3 or worse of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) until March 2021.

 Due to poor harvest in 2020, majority of households had depleted their food stocks and obtained most of their food through purchases.

 Food prices remained high making it hard for many households to meet their needs due to reduced incomes especially during total lockdown.