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IPC in Lesotho

CURRENT AND PROJECTED IPC ACUTE FOOD INSECURITY SITUATION

  • The level of food insecurity is alarming in Lesotho, and is expected to deteriorate from July to October 2016, due to devastating effects of successive crop failures, compounded by socio-economic adversities.
  • Despite a slight improvement over the peak of the lean season (November 2016 – March 2017), the situation indicates that still 24% of the population across the country are expected to be in IPC Phase 3 and 4.
  • Acute food insecurity in Lesotho mainly results from the effects of El Niño phenomenon, which has led to poor food production and high prices resulting from the late onset of rains and subsequent poor rainfall.
  • Assisting the most vulnerable people and increasing households’ resilience to food security threats will contribute to saving many lives.

 FACTORS DRIVING ACUTE FOOD INSECURITY CONDITIONS 

  •  The effects of El Nino have significantly affected households’ availability and access to food, especially due to the widespread damage to agricultural production and livestock. The rainy season from September 2015 to May 2016 was one of the lowest recorded. This has resulted in a reduced maize production decreased by 89%, wheat by 96%, and sorghum by 93% in 2016 compared to the reference year of 2009. Due to decreased availability of food in the markets, prices have risen for basic food products thus affecting the purchasing power of the population.
  • High levels of vulnerability and limited resilience to climate shocks, caused by chronically inadequate staple food production, limited income sources are also concurrent factors deteriorating the situation and affecting households’ capacity to meet their basic food and non-food need.

 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE

The Government and partners are recommended to upscale on-going efforts and prioritize the most affected populations between the period April-June 2016 and the end of the projections, March 2017, by:  

  • Providing humanitarian aid to estimated 8 to 11% of people in IPC Phase 4 to avoid detrimental food consumption gaps and loss of livelihoods and livelihood assets, and in order to prevent acute malnutrition rates from deteriorating; 
  • Providing humanitarian aid also to estimated 14-30% of people in IPC Phase 3 to protect households ’livelihoods and prevent loss of assets through unsustainable coping, and to reduce gaps in food consumption. In all IPC Phase 3 areas, interventions focused on reducing malnutrition and increasing resilience are also needed.

The Government and partners are also recommended to increase interventions aimed at improving the resilience and productivity of the agricultural sector of the estimated 30-34% of people in IPC Phase 2 in the different analysis periods.

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Jul 2017 - Mar 2018
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC)
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC)
Southern Africa - Malawi
Jul 2017 - Feb 2018
IPC findings integrated in the 2017 Swaziland Vulnerability Assessment Report
IPC findings integrated in the 2017 Swaziland Vulnerability Assessment Report
Southern Africa - Swaziland

Latest Resources

Publications (Briefs)
May 2015 - IPC Global Brief Series 2015
Southern Africa
Publications
Jun 2014 - IPC Brief N.20 - June 2014
Southern Africa
Publications (Briefs)
Oct 2013 - IPC Brief N.11
Southern Africa
Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD