WFP Lesotho Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
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In Numbers

729 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 2.7 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements, representing 14% of total

276,250 people targeted in 2018

Operational Updates

• On 17 to 21 September, the Government of Lesotho, together with the Government of Eswatini, undertook a joint study tour of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) with the support of the World Food Programme and the World Bank. The objective of the trip was to learn how Ethiopia, through its food insecurity challenges in recent years, implemented PSNP for the improvement of resilience and sustainability against weather shocks of the most vulnerable communities. The study tour was attended by WFP, the World Bank, the Ministry of Forestry Range and Soil Conservation, the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Social Development and the Disaster Management Authority. The findings of the mission will inform programming of resilience activities in Lesotho run by both WFP and the Government.

• Lesotho has embarked on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) census data collection where WFP is supporting the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) by providing resources and technical expertise. The MoET call for WFP support came as it was determined that available data is inadequate, affecting interventions and programming negatively. WFP uses the data for emergency preparedness and rapid programming.
This verification exercise, which will target children under the age of five, will be carried out in September and October 2018.

• For the first time, WFP Lesotho procured beans directly from local farmers and not through the local aggregators. To mark this milestone, a handover ceremony was held on 17 September 2018 in Leribe district. A total of 76 mt of beans was purchased from two farmer organizations based in Leribe. The ceremony was graced by the Minister of Education Professor Ntoi Rapapa, Principal Secretary of Basic Education Mrs. Mamasiane Tieho and WFP Country Director Ms. Mary Njoroge.