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Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes to continue during a severe lean season

  • Key Message Update
  • Lesotho
  • November 2016
Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes to continue during a severe lean season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The peak of the lean season has begun a few months earlier than normal and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes will continue in Lesotho throughout the peak period due to below normal off-season incomes, below average wage rates for agricultural labor, as well as high food prices. Very poor and poor households across Lesotho are the most affected. 

    • The rains received have marked an official start of the main agriculture season across the country. With effective rainfall for planting received, land tilling/digging and planting are the main activities happening concurrently. Better-off and middle households are gradually increasing the number of laborers that they hire to assist in their fields, although their capacity to pay remains low and has triggered the season to start with below-normal wages. Although access to agriculture labor is improving, competition is still a limiting factor among very poor and poor households. As a result, the income gains are marginal, as households have to work more to earn meaningful income. However, in combination with other coping mechanisms the labor is helping households reduce worsening food consumption gaps. 

    • During the coming months, labor opportunities are expected to increase significantly as other intensive activities such as weeding begin. With rainfall forecasts predicting normal rainfall, agriculture activities are expected to be normal and many households may begin to access green foods around March, giving a huge relief to one of the most severe lean seasons in the history of Lesotho. 

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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