Lesotho

USAID/OFDA support has provided some Lesotho communities with trainings in the establishment of home gardens, such as the one in
USAID/OFDA support has provided some Lesotho communities with trainings in the establishment of home gardens, such as the one in this photo.
Lisa Gabriel/USAID

 

 

Late rains at the end of 2011 that prevented timely planting, combined with an early frost that shortened the growing season, significantly decreased agricultural production in Lesotho and contributed to the lowest cereal production levels in 10 years, according to the Government of Lesotho (GoL).  Cereal shortfalls and related high food prices resulted in more than 725,000 people—approximately 40 percent of the population—requiring humanitarian assistance.  In August, the GoL declared a food crisis and requested international assistance.

On October 5, 2012, U.S. Ambassador Michele Thoren Bond reissued a disaster declaration due to continuing food insecurity.  In FY 2012, USAID staff based in the region conducted multiple visits to Lesotho to assess food insecurity and evaluate humanitarian conditions in the country.  USAID/OFDA also supported ongoing agriculture and food security-related activities, including the promotion of conservation agriculture, to help farmers in Lesotho better withstand climatic shocks.

 

USG HUMANITARIAN FUNDING PROVIDED IN FY 2012

USAID/OFDA Assistance to Lesotho

$2,105,163*

Total USAID Assistance to Lesotho

$2,105,163

*This figure includes funding for both disaster response and disaster risk reduction activities (As of September 30, 2012 

 

Latest Lesotho Fact Sheet

(FY 2011) Southern Africa DRR Fact Sheet #1 (302kb PDF) and map (121kb PDF)

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Last updated: November 05, 2012

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