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Slightly late start of the 2017/18 rainfall season

  • Key Message Update
  • Lesotho
  • November 2017
Slightly late start of the 2017/18 rainfall season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The 2017/18 cropping season has officially started. And so far, a few areas are abnormally dry, but it is still very early in the season. Nonetheless, since the start of the season is underway, farmers are engaged in various agricultural activities. 

    • Most households are engaged in planting cereals and other crops. Households can access inputs through either the government subsidy program or their own purchases. Planting activities are providing normal levels of casual labor opportunities for poor households and labor opportunities are expected to remain normal through January 2018. 

    • The food security situation remains stable although some very poor and poor households are now depending on the market as the lean season approaches. Nonetheless, safety-net programs are helping to improve food access. Many areas are experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes, however Stressed (IPC Phase 2) area outcomes are expected in the coming months, especially between January and March 2018. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes among some households in the southern and western regions of the country are also likely, but will be <20 percent of the district population.

    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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