This report was prepared by Sadc with the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The report says the current deterioration in the food security situation in Lesotho is driven by a severe drought and a general increase in food prices.
And the food availability from household production has decreased and food access has declined due to poor purchasing power.Even though the cereal deficit will be likely covered by imports from South Africa, the poor climate outlook and possible reduction in agricultural labour opportunities, together with possible price hikes, indicate that the situation is likely to deteriorate, the report further shows.
But the Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Temeki Ts’olo says they are prepared to contain the situation.Mr Ts’olo says they have the Lesotho Food and Nutrition Strategy and Costed Action Plan that is geared towards addressing the food crisis.Under this plan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has embarked on efforts to strengthen the food value chain towards achieving sustainable diversification and commercialism with an emphasis on developing integrated value chains.
This entails building effective agricultural support institutions, improving risk management in the sector and reducing stock theft.The livestock subsector – in particular wool and mohair – has been singled out as one of the country’s most important value chains, and possesses considerable potential to contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. Ts’olo says this action plan has been approved by the Cabinet.