Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update, July 2013


Minimal food security outcomes expected through December


• Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is projected to prevail throughout the outlook period as poor households continue to access food from own produced stocks and through market purchases. Market-dependent households are relying on multiple sources of income, including casual labor, livestock herding, remittances, and beer brewing in order to access food.

• Despite a number of challenges experienced by farmers during the 2012/13 cropping season, cereal production is significantly higher than last year’s below average harvest and the five year average. This increased cereal availability continues to improve household food insecurity outcomes.

• In general, adequately supplied local markets and stable fuel prices are contributing to affordable maize meal prices and facilitating improved food access among poor rural households. Some poorer households also continue to benefit from humanitarian assistance programming.