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.
The DFID funded humanitarian Joint Programme addresses needs in five different sectors of the drought response and plays an instrumental role during the current peak of the lean season. The Joint Programme by four UN agencies – UNICEF, FAO, WFP and UNFPA – and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, encompasses a holistic package of interventions with a wide range of synergies between participating agencies in supporting people affected by the drought.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.