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Remotely Monitored Country
Key Message Update

Staple food prices begin to rise earlier than normal in Lesotho

August 2018

August - September 2018

October 2018 - January 2019

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Poor households are currently experiencing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food security outcomes due to above-average staple food prices and below-average incomes. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are likely by November with the early onset of the lean season as food access remains constrained and households exhausted their food stocks due to the poor 2018 harvest.

  • Typical sources of household income from non-agriculture labor, including domestic work and self-employment are atypically low due to the below-average 2018 harvest. Poor households, dependent on market purchases for food, will face further constrained purchasing power as the lean season progresses and food prices increase. Households will depend more on continuing government safety net programs and remittances from South Africa to meet food needs.

  • Households started land preparation for the 2019 agricultural season, however their capacity to invest in farming activities is restricted due to below-average income and limited ability to pay for agricultural inputs. Also, based on the current El Niño forecast, below-average rainfall is anticipated for the first half of the rainy season between October 2018 to January 2019. These two factors will further constrain income from agriculture labor and reduced crop yields.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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