In 2015/16, Lesotho was severely affected by a El Niño-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. Humanitarian partners were able to secure more than USD 40 million for the relief response. The DFID-funded Joint Programme addressed urgent humanitarian needs in five different sectors of the drought response and played an instrumental role during the peaks of the lean seasons. The programme, implemented by UNICEF, FAO, WFP, UNFPA and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, encompassed a holistic package of complementary interventions and a wide synergy amongst agencies in supporting people affected by the drought. More than 390,000 people were successfully assisted by the programme in the most affected districts of Lesotho.
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