Lesotho

Remotely Monitored Country
January 2017

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurida d Alimentaria Aguda

1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3: Crisis
4: Emergencia
5: Hambruna
Se estima que seria al menos una fase peor sin ayuda humanitaria actual o programada

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurida d Alimentaria Aguda

1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3+: Crisis o peor
Se estima que seria al menos una fase
peor sin ayuda humanitaria actual o programada

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurida d Alimentaria Aguda

Países presenciales:
1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3: Crisis
4: Emergencia
5: Hambruna
Países de monitoreo remoto:
1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3+: Crisis o peor
Se estima que seria al menos una fase
peor sin ayuda humanitaria actual o programada

IPC 2.0 Phase d'Insécurité Alimentaire Aiguë

1: Minimale
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Urgence
5: Famine
Serait probablement pire, au moins une phase, sans l'assistance humanitaire en cours ou programmée

IPC 2.0 Phase d'Insécurité Alimentaire Aiguë

1: Minimale
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pire
Serait probablement pire, au moins une phase, sans
l'assistance humanitaire en cours ou programmée

IPC 2.0 Phase d'Insécurité Alimentaire Aiguë

Pays de présence:
1: Minimale
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Urgence
5: Famine
Pays suivis à distance:
1: Minimale
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pire
Serait probablement pire, au moins une phase, sans
l'assistance humanitaire en cours ou programmée

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurança Alimentar Aguda Baseado

1: Minima
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Emergência
5: Fome
Poderia ser pior sem a assistência humanitária em vigor ou programad

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurança Alimentar Aguda Baseado

1: Minima
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pior
Poderia ser pior sem a assistência
humanitária em vigor ou programad

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurança Alimentar Aguda Baseado

Países com presença:
1: Minima
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Emergência
5: Fome
Países sem presença:
1: Minima
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pior
Poderia ser pior sem a assistência
humanitária em vigor ou programad
Key Messages
  • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected to continue in Lesotho during this lean season, in the absence of humanitarian assistance. The agriculture season continues to progress well in Lesotho, however, there are concerns that nonstop rains in some areas may impede important farming activities like weeding. Additionally, the constant rainfall has interrupted harvesting activities for the second season wheat crop that the majority of middle and better-off households normally complete during this time of the year. 

  • Most crops are currently in good condition and at the vegetative stage, whilst some are at reproductive stage. With the expectations of continued good rains, most areas anticipate to start accessing green foods in March. The most important farming activity currently is weeding, which is demanding a lot of labor. Casual labor opportunities are therefore at the peak, which is helping the very poor and poor households obtain cash income to buy food. However, below normal wage rates continue to affect the potential income that very poor and poor household should be earning from casual labor. 

  • Though casual agriculture labor is the most important source of income, households are also obtaining income from remittances, livestock sales, and non-farm labor.  However, these sources are expected to be below normal through the projected period. Non-farm labor opportunities are expected to be down due to lack of disposable income as middle and better off households prioritize paying for agriculture based labor. At the same time, households have been selling livestock for the past two consecutive droughts hence their numbers have dwindled especially for very poor and poor households. In this regard, income remains below average in Lesotho resulting in limited food purchases which could be contributing to high food consumption gaps. 

  • Staple food prices remain above last year and the five-year average, though a gradual decline has been noted especially at the end of 2016. The high staple prices combined with low incomes continue to reduce purchasing power, especially for market dependent poor households, leading to continued food consumption gaps. As a result, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity outcomes are expected to continue in Lesotho though out the lean season, with very poor and poor being the most affected households. Nonetheless, there is humanitarian assistance reported to be ongoing which could be moderating this situation. 

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Remote Sensing Imagery

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Dekad 1 (1st - 10th)
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