Key Developments

In late January, USAID staff conducted a field assessment in Lesotho’s Leribe, Mafeteng, and Mohales Hoek districts, which were severely affected by drought in most of 2019. Although the onset of rains that began in December improved access to water in most areas of the three districts, the assessment found that consecutive years of reduced rainfall likely contributed to water shortages during the May-to-October dry season. USAID staff found that households in drought-affected districts were generally able to meet food needs through normal livelihoods. However, the assessment team reported that the delayed rainy season had prompted farmers to reduce crop planting, which is likely to result in a below-average harvest from May to June. 

USAID is also responding to disasters in neighboring Southern Africa countries. 


Lesotho experiences erratic rainfall, recurrent droughts, and soil degradation, which can adversely affect food security. In addition to responding to urgent humanitarian needs, USAID supports interventions to build the capacity of people in Lesotho to withstand disasters. For example, USAID 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: April 14, 2020

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