Lesotho http://www.wfp.org/feeds/Lesotho Country content en From Barren Fields To Bright Hopes In Lesotho http://www.wfp.org/stories/barren-field-bright-hopes-lesotho For many years the farming community of Ha-Sankoe in Rothe communal area has struggled to cope with extreme weather shocks that have left many families destitute. They have toiled in barren fields but ended up harvesting little. Despite years of food insecurity, this year the heavens smiled on Ha-Sankoe after the World Food Programme (WFP) introduced a Food-for-Assets scheme. Thanks to a US$ 1 million contribution from the Government of Russia, 80 villagers from Rothe have been able to rehabilitate their eroded land.  Climate Change Food For Assets Lesotho Local Africa Droughts Food for Assets Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:25:02 +0000 Tsitsi Matope 643906 at http://www.wfp.org On World Food Day, UN World Food Programme Highlights Progress Towards Zero Hunger Even As Multiple Emergencies Flare http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/world-food-day-un-world-food-programme-highlights-progress-towards-zero-hunger-e-3 MASERU – Amid several hunger emergencies – both natural and man-made – the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day, 16 October, by highlighting both the challenges around the world and the real progress being made toward “zero hunger.” Lesotho Local Africa Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:11:44 +0000 WFP 643684 at http://www.wfp.org Eggs For Some But Not For All In Lesotho http://www.wfp.org/stories/only-men-go-work-egg-parts-lesotho Improving nutrition and reducing stunting in children - low growth for age - is not easy. Part of the trick is getting parents to understand what difference a healthy diet can make for them and their youngsters.  Nutrition Preventing Hunger What is Malnutrition? Lesotho Local Africa Nutrition Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:25:45 +0000 Tsitsi Matope 643434 at http://www.wfp.org School Meals In Lesotho Get Good Review From Visiting Dignitary http://www.wfp.org/stories/school-meals-lesotho-get-good-review-visiting-dignitary A top official from South Africa sees for himself the impact of his country's donation on hunger relief in Lesotho and, in particular, the big difference it has been making for school children. School Meals Lesotho Local Africa School Meals Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:23:48 +0000 WFP 643129 at http://www.wfp.org WFP Involves Community In Development http://www.wfp.org/content/wfp-involves-community-development 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. Cash and Vouchers Disaster Risk Reduction Hunger in the news Food For Assets Lesotho Local hunger in the news Africa Lesotho News Agency Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:44:42 +0000 WFP 642050 at http://www.wfp.org 2014 State of the Nation Address By His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa http://www.wfp.org/content/2014-state-nation-address-his-excellency-jacob-g-zuma-president-republic-south-africa 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. Statement Lesotho Local Partners Africa Government of South Africa Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:33:46 +0000 WFP 640901 at http://www.wfp.org May 27, 2014 Address by Republic of South Africa President Jacob Zuma http://www.wfp.org/content/address-president-jacob-zuma-occasion-sod-turning-ceremony-phase-ii-lesotho-highlands-water- 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. Statement Lesotho Local Partners Africa Republic of South Africa Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:19:49 +0000 WFP 640899 at http://www.wfp.org Cash for Assets Changes Lives in Lesotho http://www.wfp.org/videos/cash-assets-changes-lives-lesotho In the last three months of 2013, Annah participated in a Cash for Assets project in her village of Ha Ramohapi in the district of Mafeteng.  This region is experiencing high rates of environmental challenges due to soil erosion and climate change. As a result, there are many vulnerable families who have lost vegetable fields and risk not having enough food to feed their families.    In response to this situation, WFP, along with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) implemented the Cash for Assets programme in vulnerable districts of Lesotho, including Mafeteng. The goal of Cash for Assets is to secure the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people while simultaneously taking steps to reduce erosion and land degradation.    Annah is one of more than 150,000 people who benefitted from the Cash for Assets project in 2013. "I worked in a team to plant trees and build rock walls that move heavy flowing rain water away from our fields - now our fields are protected and we can continue to plant food," Annah told WFP during a recent visit to her village. "The project has helped me a lot."  Emergency Operation (EMOP) Stories Cash and Vouchers Lesotho English Local Africa Video stories Cash and Vouchers Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:41:50 +0000 WFP 640455 at http://www.wfp.org South African Farmers Help Hungry People In Lesotho – And In So Doing, Help Themselves http://www.wfp.org/stories/south-african-farmers-help-hungry-people-lesotho-%E2%80%93-and-so-doing-help-themselves By purchasing from small holder farmers, WFP and it's partners are making positive changes on both sides of the border.  Purchase for Progress Lesotho Local Africa P4P Stories from the field Purchase for Progress Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:14:54 +0000 Sophia Robele 622680 at http://www.wfp.org SA sends 1st batch of maize to crisis hit Lesotho http://www.wfp.org/content/sa-sends-1st-batch-maize-crisis-hit-lesotho 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. Hunger in the news Lesotho hunger in the news Africa News24 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:40:33 +0000 WFP 619670 at http://www.wfp.org