This document has been revised. BR1 (please see below)
This second budget revision to the Lesotho Country Programme (CP 200369) aims at:
• Increasing food commodity prices considering the conditionality of the South African donation of buying food commodities in South Africa of South Africa origin (including raw material for processed food);
• Including a new fortified blended food (Super Cereal Plus) into the food commodity basket of the nutrition and HIV component (Component 3) in order to align it with new WFP nutrition guidelines and as per recommendation from WFP Headquarters (Nutrition Unit);
• Increasing by 1,150 the number of children 6 to 23 months contemplated under complementary feeding intervention of Component 3;
• Adjusting the rates for Land, Transport, Storage and Handling (LTSH), Other Direct Operation Costs (ODOC) and Direct Support Costs (DSC) so as to take into consideration the revised procurement plan and its new purchase modality, a change in the shipping terms and the need to provide additional capacity strengthening for the Government, in particular the Ministry of Health.
The Government’s development targets in its Vision 2020 policy are to be realized through the National Strategic Development Plan 2012–2017. There is general optimism, but Lesotho struggles with persistent development challenges such as chronic poverty, widespread food insecurity, high rates of malnutrition and HIV prevalence of 23 percent – the third highest in the world.
Lesotho's 2009 harvest saw a 10% drop in maize production compared to 2008 due primarily to more land being left fallow because of the high cost of inputs, such as seeds and fertiliser. However, there was a 57% increase in sorghum - the third annual increase in succession....