• Crisis Severity ?
    2.1
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    2.5
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    2.5
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    1.1
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
     
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 2,263,000 Total population [?]
  • 986,000 People affected [?]

Overview

23/04/2020

Lesotho, like most of southern Africa, is experiencing climate-induced food insecurity. Late onset of rains, below-average rains, dry spells, frost, and recurrent droughts are the most visible causes of hunger and malnutrition in the country. Well-below average rainfalls have resulted in deterioration of the pasture and livestock conditions. Unending lean seasons have reduced food reserves to drastically low levels, leaving affected populations in IPC Crisis-level food insecurity. The last El Niño events in 2015-16 resulted in drought conditions and impacted the livelihoods and food security of 35% of the country’s population. ? Worsened drought conditions and lower levels of rainfall are forecast, with communities living in the rural areas more vulnerable and likely to be worst affected.? Most aid organizations working in the country are declaring drought emergencies in the whole country with reduced national capacity to cope with hunger and malnutrition levels.

 

Latest Developments

23/04/2020

No significant recent humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team.