Key Message Update

2019 harvest is expected to bring short-term relief and support Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes

May 2019

May 2019

June - September 2019

IPC v3.0 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 v3.0 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 v3.0 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 v3.0 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

  • The limited harvest has begun in Lesotho, leading to increased consumption of food crops. Opportunities for agricultural activities, while still below average, are improving household access to market foods by providing additional income. However, some households in the southern lowlands (the typical high producing area in Lesotho) are facing crop failure due to a poor 2018/19 rainfall season. Currently, the majority of poor households remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), although food security outcomes are expected to slightly improve to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) between June and September due to the harvest.

  • Pastures and water sources have improved due to late season rains. However, rangeland resources did not regenerate to typical levels and will likely deplete earlier than normal. Expected snowfall in the mountains will likely support slight grass regeneration in local areas. Livestock body conditions are average, but deterioration is expected due to lack of water. Livestock selling remains an option for households who own relatively larger numbers.

  • The markets in Lesotho remain well-stocked and are receiving consistent supplies, as usual, from markets in South Africa. Staple food prices in Maseru market are steadily increasing and are expected to remain above average, largely due to increases in the source markets and speculation of a poor production.

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 28 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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