WFP Lesotho country brief, May 2022 – Lesotho
Net funding requirements of US$12 million over six months (June-November 2022) represent 71% of total requirements.
57,140 people targeted in May 2022
Activity 1: Crisis response
- Activity is currently suspended following the end of the 2020/2021 lean season and should resume in October at the start of the next lean season. Preparations are underway for the response (October 2022 – March 2023) and with available funds the plan is to assist a total of 13,000 people, representing 8% of the total number of people expected to be reached in the framework of this activity. Targeted people will be assisted in the form of cash or commodity vouchers.
Activity 2: School Feeding
WFP continues to provide meals to 50,000 learners (26,000 girls) in 2,000 Early Childhood Development Centers (ECCDs) across the country. To address the high rates of micronutrient deficiencies in the country, particularly among school-aged children, WFP worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Ministry of Education and training to advocate for the construction of vegetable gardens in ECCDs to complement the food basket. provided by WFP. A total of 73 ECCDs were sensitized, and present during the sensitizations were ECCD caregivers, parents and community leaders. Following these sensitizations, the ECCD centers will build gardens for the production of vegetables.
WFP continues to provide technical and financial support to the Ministry of Education and Training to implement a national sustainable and nutrition-sensitive home-grown school feeding programme. For the program to be sustainable, it must be linked to local agricultural production.
Activity 3: Strengthening the technical capacities of the Government on early warning systems
- Urban Preparedness Project: Lesotho is selected as one of four countries to pilot the regional urban preparedness project funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). WFP is working with the Disaster Management Authority to pilot the project in five selected city councils for which vulnerability profiles are to be developed. The project pursues five objectives to create a better understanding of the context of urban residents’ vulnerabilities and create a set of tools that can provide a rapid and effective response system. Currently, the coordination team continues to conduct discussions with district teams, community key informants and other community entities to identify vulnerability factors and establish a minimum expenditure basket.