Normal income opportunities, ongoing safety-net programming, and the start of the harvest are expected to contribute to continued Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes through June.
According to the latest GIEWS food price data, food prices are at their peak as the lean season continues. In the high demand areas of Maseru, Southern lowlands and the Mountains livelihood zones, higher prices are constraining the purchasing power of poor households. However, ongoing safety net targeting and the start of the main harvest are expected to improve food security outcomes.
Although current cumulative rainfall has been favorable the seasonal forecast based on the current Water Requirement Satisfaction Index (WRSI) shows a likelihood of below normal seasonal performance in comparison to average and last year’s performance. This could result in reduced production potential this season.