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USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to disasters in Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Lesotho continued to experience a poor 2017/2018 rainy season as of January, with below-average rainfall countrywide resulting in low levels of vegetation, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). The situation will likely deteriorate further in the coming months, adversely affecting 2018 crop yields and diminishing availability of informal agricultural labor opportunities. FEWS NET anticipates that most areas of Lesotho will continue to experience Stressed—IPC 2—levels of food insecurity through May, with increased risk of Crisis—IPC 3—levels among vulnerable populations.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)  is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa. Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Lesotho experiences erratic rainfall, recurrent droughts, and soil degradation, which can adversely affect food security. In addition to responding to urgent humanitarian needs, USAID/OFDA supports interventions to build the capacity of people in Lesotho to withstand disasters. For example, USAID/OFDA has supported programs to train emergency responders in Lesotho and supported initiatives to improve the land management and agricultural techniques of local farmers.

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Last updated: February 15, 2018

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