Lesotho Key Message Update, March 2018

Situation Report
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Consumption of green foods expected to improve household food security

Key Messages

  • 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.

  • Some households in Lesotho are beginning to access green foods. A delay in the onset of the 2017/18 seasonal rains and the long dry spells have adversely impacted the amount of green foods available this season. Nonetheless, the availability of green foods for consumption is expected to bring relief to livelihood protection gaps that households are facing during the peak of the lean season.

  • Food supplies in local markets have remained stable throughout the lean season owing to above-average 2017 production and consistent supplies from South African markets. Staple food prices are stable and are expected to continue near five-year average levels during the outlook period. Currently, some areas are experiencing Stressed (Phase 2) food security outcomes. Area outcomes are expected to improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) once the 2018 harvest begins.