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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.

The majority of households in Lesotho will likely experience Minimal—IPC 1—levels of food insecurity through January 2018 due to improved weather conditions and significantly above-average harvests throughout the country. However, vulnerable populations in some areas are projected to face Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity during the peak of the lean season as household food stocks deplete.

Overall, an estimated 307,000 people—or approximately 15 percent of the population—will remain food-insecure during the 2017/2018 October-to-March lean season, a more that 50 percent decrease from approximately 709,000 people during the prior season, according to the Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee. In FY 2017, USAID/OFDA provided a total of nearly $2.9 million to support agriculture and food security interventions for agropastoralist households in Lesotho.

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: October 20, 2017

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