Hunger in the news

25 June 2014

Lena (June 23) – To ensure the involvement of Basotho in the development of their lives, the World Food Programme (WFP) will introduce a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project in August.

This was revealed by WFP Programme Officer Abdi Hassan at a meeting in which Maseru District Administration (DA) was updated about the programme on Monday.

He noted that the project will have a community-based participatory planning approach in which the community will decide what needs to be done to improve their lives.

He indicated that this project is expected to benefit the community as they will be the ones working hard to achieve their goals.

He highlighted that this needs their commitment as well as ownership to ensure sustainability of the project.

Mr. Hassan pointed out that, depending on the nature of this project, all the ministries as well as some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - the Red Cross and World Vision - will be working in collaboration with WFP.

He further said during the period of the project there will be a need for a strong coordination mechanism to report the progress met and challenges faced.

He noted that the project will empower vulnerable people by providing them with equipment and non-food assets which will help them overcome poverty in their areas.

Speaking at the event, Maseru DA Major General Samuel Makoro said this is a great initiative expected to empower vulnerable Basotho.

He thanked WFP for coordinating it and for briefing his office, expressing hope that they will further be updated on further developments.

He urged Basotho to work effectively together with WFP and other lined ministries as well as the NGOs.

2 April 2014

13 February, 2014

Fellow South Africans,

Agriculture is a key job driver and a provider of opportunities for entrepreneurship. Our agricultural support programme, Fetsa Tlala, is producing brand new exporters.

The first 88 smallholder farmers in this programme supplied the United Nations World Food Programme with 268 tons of maize and beans to send to Lesotho last month. We expect this number to increase. We will continue to promote our fisheries sector as well, which contributes an estimated 6billion rand to the economy and provides 27 000 jobs.

2 April 2014

Your Majesty and Hon Prime Minister,

When we learnt some time in 2012 about the Emergency Food Crisis in Lesotho, our Government, in solidarity with the Government of the Kingdom and its people, did not hesitate to extend humanitarian support to the tune of 180 million rand.

Our Government, through the World Food Programme, is partnering with the Government of Lesotho to mitigate the impact of the food crisis in the Kingdom.
In this regard, the WFP with our support seeks to assist about 227 thousand children and mothers who are malnourished and food insecure. We are happy with the progress made thus far in the roll-out of this Project.

Your Majesty and Hon Prime Minister,

"Khotso, Pula, Nala".

I thank you.

25 November 2013

Lesotho, currently experiencing severe food shortages is reportedly set to receive the first consignment of maize from South Africa, which has responded with a R180m donation to the country’s appeal for aid. This follows an agreement reached with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to buy maize from South African smallholder farmers as part of a R180m South African humanitarian donation to Lesotho.

4 September 2013

Celebrity Chef and WFP Hunger Advocate, Yudhika Sujanani, visits Lesotho to see how WFP, The Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa are working together to bring school meals to 125,000 children in difficult to reach areas of Lesotho. Page 36-38

26 August 2013

Backed into a corner by an unrelenting drought that has left their district broken and desolate, a World Food Programme-initiative is what could provide the much-needed rescue for residents of Mafeteng      

27 February 2013

The small kingdom of Lesotho is experiencing a severe food crisis for many months. (..) At the beginning of February we also distributed cash vouchers so the most vulnerable people could buy food in the markets, and we saw people dancing because they would be able to buy some maize and corn. We also use these distributions as an opportunity to educate men and women about the dangers of violence in the homes or of young women having to sell the only thing they have left – their bodies – so that they can eat. (..) CARE will continue distributing vouchers and we plan to distribute cash to 2,000 together with the World Food Program (WFP) to the most vulnerable households following their participation in a number of environmental rehabilitation activities.

3 December 2012

The United Nations food relief agency today announced it is scaling up its efforts to assist more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa, particularly in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho, who are now facing the start of the hunger season. “Large numbers of smallholder farmers and their families are in the grip of what is set to be one of the harshest hunger seasons of recent years,” said the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Brenda Barton.

28 June 2012

Lesotho's smallholder farmers are struggling as maize production is devastated after alternate drought and heavy rains. Some are being supported by WFP through a Food for Assets project in two districts. Others have moved into the towns in search of work.

24 February 2012

Lesotho is facing a food security crisis as changing weather patterns and poverty leave some smallholder farmers with no option but to abandon farming and sell their land. (..) Many subsistence farmers in Lesotho are still struggling to recover from heavy rains over much of the country in December 2010 and January 2011 that devastated crops and livestock.