Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update, April 2018

Situation Report
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2018 Crop production is expected to be lower than previous season

Key Messages

  • 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.

  • Most poor households are experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity because they are accessing food from their early harvests, making purchases, and earning in-kind payments from harvest-related labor. Nonetheless, opportunities for on-farm labor have been affected by the reduced production this season, especially in areas where crops were damaged from the hailstorm. From June-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.