WFP Lesotho Country Brief, October 2018

Situation Report
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In Numbers

785mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 5.4 m six months (November 2018 - April 2019) net funding requirements, representing 29% of total

276,250 people targeted in 2018

Operational Updates

  • The World Food Programme and the Ministry of Education and Training attended the 20th Global Child Nutrition Forum in Tunisia which took place on 21- 25 October 2018. The forum was organized by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and WFP’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger in partnership with the Government of Tunisia. The theme of the forum was National School Meals Programs for Food and Nutrition Security and Multiple Social Benefits. This forum is a learning exchange and technical assistance conference held annually since 1997, to support countries in the development and implementation of sustainable school feeding programmes. The forum encourages open dialogue and the sharing of experiences, best practices, lessons, challenges, and options to sustainably support nutritious, home-grown school meal programmes.

  • Lesotho hosted the high-level Nutrition Forum on 3 – 4 October 2018, which was attended by heads of state, UN Agencies, the Government as well as Nutrition Experts from the Southern African countries. The event was graced by His Majesty King Letsie III in his capacity as the African Union Nutrition Champion and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Special Ambassador for nutrition. The objective of the forum was to discuss Early childhood nutrition in Southern Africa and how it could be addressed as it affected the health and education of children. During this forum, governments and development partners were recommended to invest in nutrition programmes to ensure that issues of food and nutrition are promoted for a healthier living of all people, to combat stunting and services that will help improve the nutrition status of people in Southern Africa. This forum included a technical meeting of nutrition experts from Southern Africa countries, whilst the heads of state and government convened to share experiences and made commitments to promote nutrition challenges in their respective countries.

  • Thirty Early Childhood Care and Development Centres (ECCD) in Thaba-Tseka district received pamphlets on how to prepare Super Cereal Plus. These pamphlets were developed by WFP’s nutrition team in Lesotho and were distributed to help assist the caregivers to ensure that Super Cereal Plus is prepared appropriately for maximum benefit to ECCD learners.

  • WFP in Lesotho is engaged in the targeting exercise for the lean season Food for Assets (FFA) intervention. Targeting of the beneficiaries is underway in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing districts which are in phase 3 of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). The number of participants and beneficiaries for FFA lean season support will be shared after targeting has been completed on 9 November.