Lesotho

WFP Lesotho Country Brief, May 2020

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In Numbers

USD 14.6 million six months (May–October 2020) net funding requirements, representing 17 percent of total six-month requirements

428,250 people targeted in 2020

Operational Updates

• New Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro was inaugurated on 20 May, following the resignation of his predecessor, Thomas Thabane. Majoro promised to make tackling COVID-19, poverty, and unemployment his main priorities.

• Lesotho registered its first case of COVID-19 on 12 May.
A national state emergency has been declared earlier, enforcing a national lockdown from 29 March until 05 May. The Government has released a National Response Integrated Plan for COVID-19 with the total cost of M700 million (approximately USD 38.6 million).

• The COVID-19 pandemic follows a previous declaration of a national emergency due to a severe drought in late October 2019. The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) predicts that a third consecutive poor harvest is on the horizon.

• WFP emergency drought distribution interventions are ongoing until funding comes to an end in June in the worst-affected districts of Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing and Qacha’s Nek.

• Double distributions are taking place for the months of April and May. A total of 68,690 people are being assisted across four districts with a combination of cash and commodity vouchers redeemable at local retailers. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, additional soap has been added to the non-food items provided for each household.

• Public works activities have resumed in all three districts of Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing. Key activities include sensitization on COVID-19, rehabilitation of dongas (steep-sided ravines), removing dense vegetation, harvesting of vegetables and planting of fresh ones, and land cultivation.

• WFP continues its efforts to mitigate the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to WFP staff, and cooperating partners, as well as to assisted population at food distribution sites across the country. WFP continues to procure additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to enable safe distributions.