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5 September 2017

Japan Donation Boosts Food And Nutrition Security In Lesotho

MASERU – The Japanese government has contributed US$1.1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food assistance to some 61,000 food insecure children in Lesotho.

16 May 2017

United States Provides Crucial Support For People Living With HIV/AIDS In Southern Africa

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
20 October 2016

New Study Reveals Hunger Burden On Lesotho’s Economy

MASERU – Lesotho is losing 1.9 billion Maloti (US$200 million) a year to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new, country-specific Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study released today. This amounts to more than 7 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The money is lost through increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity of the workforce.

Contributions to WFP
12 August 2016

Japan Contributes US$5 Million To Help WFP Emergency Operations In Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG - The Government of Japan has announced a donation of US$5 million towards the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operations in southern Africa, where hundreds of thousands of people are currently facing food shortages due to drought, resulting in significant increases in acute food insecurity and malnutrition.

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5 April 2016

Cash Relief Gives Hope To Thousands But Needs Are Huge In Drought-Hit Lesotho

MASERU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is giving cash assistance to 21,000 vulnerable people in Lesotho’s two districts worst-affected by the El Niño-related drought. This is WFP’s first ever emergency cash relief operation in the Mountain Kingdom.

Contributions to WFP
25 April 2013

Japan Donation Helps Boost Food Security in Lesotho

A contribution of more than US$2 million by the Government of Japan to WFP will help protect vulnerable people in Lesotho from hunger.

16 October 2007

FAO insists on food as a human right: World Food Day theme seeks renewed commitment to the Right to Food

FAO has called for a renewed commitment to guarantee the right to food for the world's hundreds of millions of hungry people.

16 October 2007

UN Secretary-General stresses role of human rights in eradicating hunger in World Food Day message

Read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon message to mark World Food Day, which this year promotes the Right to Food.
12 October 2007

Internet community connects with African farmers in campaign to feed the hungry

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an innovative seasonal on-line fundraising campaign that connects together two different worlds -- small-scale farmers in rural Africa and a global community of food bloggers.
24 September 2007

Small maize purchase for WFP - big boost for farmers in Lesotho

WFP completes a historic purchase by buying maize directly from a group of small-scale farmers in Lesotho, the first ever direct purchase in that country. The farmer produced a surplus despite the country’s worst drought in 30 years by using conservation farming techniques.

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