In response to high levels of malnutrition in Lesotho, WFP is supporting more than 120,000 beneficiaries through the Development Project 200169.
The overall objective of the development project is to prevent malnutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies, in four districts with high levels of stunting among children under five: the nutritional vulnerability of groups including pregnant and lactating women, and patients on antiretroviral and TB treatment.
It is WFP’s first developmental project in Lesotho to focus exclusively on combating chronic malnutrition and is being implemented under the United Nations Delivering as One’ approach.
WFP has been supporting a school meals programme in Lesotho for the past four decades. The current school meals initiative (Development Project 200199) aims to provide food assistance to 110,000 pre-primary and primary school children for two years (2011-2012) in the remote and economically disadvantaged mountain regions of the 10 districts which make up the country.
As a result of the actual crop failure situation, the following activities have been carried out:
• With CERF assistance, a three-month emergency assistance to 8,000 affected households were reached providing live saving food ration package
• Currently, with CERF and Ireland Aid funding, 40,000 people will be assisted through EMOP ,