The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) was established in 2002. It is a government led multidisciplinary committee within the Office of the Prime Minister- Disaster Management Authority (DMA). Its membership consists of Government Ministries and Departments, United Nations Organizations, NonGovernmental organizations and the Private Sector. It is mandated to carry out livelihood vulnerability analysis and its aim is to provide timely analysis for emergency interventions as well as medium to long-term programming.
IPC analysis conducted from 24 to 30 May 2016 for all 10 districts of Lesotho based on primary data collected by LVAC and partners in May 2016 and secondary data collected from Jan. 2016 onwards. Projected analysis requires an update in October 2016.
KEY FOOD INSECURITY OUTCOMES AS OF MAY 2016
Despite current analysis corresponding to harvest/post-harvest period, 19% of households had poor food consumption, and 45% had borderline food consumption.
In early 2016 DMA requested LVAC to conduct a market assessment to determine the functionality of food market systems (for maize, pulses and cooking oil) in Lesotho. The market assessment was undertaken to analyze Lesotho’s food market environment, structure and network. The assessment shed light on financial and physical infrastructure, trader typology, trader limitations and constraints to trade as well as covering market functionality throughout different seasons in a year.
The market assessment was conducted to determine the functionality of the food market systems for maize, beans and cooking oil in Lesotho. The findings demonstrate that markets in Lesotho are well-integrated and are functioning. The report also explores Lesotho’s cereal availability for the 2016-17 season, which remains one of the key food security concerns for the upcoming marketing season especially in light of the soaring food prices in the country as well as across southern Africa.
Lesotho is a lower middle income country which is ranked 167 of the 187 countries on Human and Development Index and 38 of 46 countries on the economic freedom scores in sub-Saharan Africa. Agriculture. Manufacturing, mining and remittances are the mainstay of the economy. Agriculture is the main livelihood source for rural economy for 80 percent of the population and contributes 7.4 percent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
UN report: HIV prevalence severely impacting development progress
MASERU - According to the 2013 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Status Report, issued jointly by the Government of Lesotho and the United Nations in July, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho is exacting a heavy toll on the country’s ability to attain all of the other development goals. Because of the huge impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the average life expectancy in Lesotho is just 48.7 years.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed 90 tons of food worth an estimated M1.7 Million (USD$196,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution to people affected by drought, floods and crop failure in Lesotho.
A press release from WFP on Friday says, a range of commodities that include white beans, wheat flour, corn flour, vegetable oil, milk powder and sugar was flown into the airport this morning and will now be transported by road to Lesotho.
The People’s Republic of China has pledged to donate a batch of food aid worth M8.4 million to Lesotho.
The Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Hu Ding Xiang announced this during the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Monday.
The pledge follows the Prime Minister, Mr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane’s appeal for urgent humanitarian food assistance.
''Another batch of food aid worth M8.4 million from China to be distributed through World Food Programme is destined to Lesotho'' he said.
Netcare Education conferred certificates to 25 professional nurses during a graduation ceremony held at Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital on Thursday.
The graduates completed a one and half year training specialising in areas of accident and emergency, intensive care unit and theatre.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr Mpolai Moteetee congratulated graduates for pursuing special courses in their training, noting that this will be beneficial to Basotho.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane has appealed to Development Partners for Humanitarian Assistance following reports that about 725,000 people face food crisis.
The Prime Minister was addressing Development Partners at the meeting held in Maseru on Thursday.
Addressing the partners, Mr. Thabane said to respond to the identified emergency, about M1.4 billion is required to procure emergency food, medical supplies and short cycle livestock agricultural inputs.
This appeal document has been prepared by the Government of Lesotho for presentation to its Cooperating Partners, local business organizations, and citizens of good will. It is intended to mobilize emergency assistance to address the country's food insecurity situation as declared by the Right Honourable the Prime Minister of Lesotho on 9 August, 2012.
BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MOTSOAHAE THOMAS THABANE, MP PRIME MINISTER
As you will recall, Lesotho has experienced declining levels of food production from2005/06 to 2008/09. The level of production peaked in 2009/20010 and then started to decline in 2010/11 due to the devastating heavy rains that destroyed infrastructure, crops and housing.
- BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
Chronic malnutrition in young children is a health concern in Lesotho. Since 2002, the nutritional status of young children has been unacceptable according to World Health Organisation (WHO) standards with around 40% of children less than five years of age suffering from chronic malnutrition or stunting1. The highest levels have been observed in the mountain districts of Thaba Tseka, Mokhotlong and Qacha’s Nek.
Summary for 3rd Quarter 2010
- The 14th Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook forum (SARCOF-14) predicted increased chances of above-normal to normal rainfall in the first half of the rainy season, October-November 2010.
Summary for 4th Quarter 2009
- Although food and fuel prices have dropped to reasonably stable levels, the price of maize meal remains high. These high prices impact the poor and unemployed urban populations, in particular HIV patients, who rely on purchases for their food.
- According to the weather forecast reports from the Lesotho Meteorological Department and from the SADC Drought Monitoring Centre, Southern African countries, including Lesotho, are likely to face low rainfall in the coming months, which may pose a great risk to agricultural activities and livelihoods of poor …
Lesotho launches Child Grants payment in Semonkong, Maseru district - the third and final pilot area - bringing hope to an increasing number of vulnerable children.
Lesotho 28 October 2009 - It took several years for the foundations of the ambitious [Government of Lesotho, European Union and UNICEF supported] Child Grants Programme to be established, but finally its seeds are bearing fruits.
Lesotho launches payment under Child Grants Programme for orphans and other vulnerable children in one of the most remote areas of the country
Lesotho 20 October 2009 - The people of Thaba Khubelu, one of the most remote areas of Lesotho, hardly see any assistance coming their way. This is because their village, nestled in the rolling mountains of the district of Qacha's Nek (400 Km from the capital Maseru), is only accessible by air, horse or foot.
1.1. The Priority Support Programme
The Priority Support Programme (PSP) has been funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) in support of the two top priorities of the Poverty Reduction Strategy drawn up in 2004 by the Government of Lesotho (GOL). Those priorities are job creation and food security. The programme began with a six month inception period (December 2005 - May 2006). Implementation was then scheduled to run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009.
Mafeteng, Lesotho 22 April 2009 - In the face of growing vulnerability and chronic poverty of its children, the Government of Lesotho today launched, for the first time in the history of the country, a Child Grants programme.