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Land preparation and planting activities begin to increase

  • Key Message Update
  • Lesotho
  • September 2016
Land preparation and planting activities begin to increase

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Most areas are expected to continue experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes between September 2016 and January 2017. Even though land preparation activities are increasing across the country, and planting is taking place in mountainous areas using residual moisture from the melting snow, incomes still remain lower than average and household purchasing power is limited. Many households are also still relying on self–employment activities to access income, and casual labor is expected to be the main income source in the coming months. 

    • Very poor and poor households are the most affected by acute food insecurity. These households are relying on income from firewood sales, beer brewing, and casual labor, but are still unable to make enough income to fill their food gaps given that opportunities for these activities are below normal this year. Though some households are receiving cash transfers through a social safety-net program, the coverage and frequency of the transfers is not adequately filling food and livelihood protection gaps. Humanitarian assistance is required to protect the livelihoods of the very poor and poor households. The World Food Program (WFP), partners, and the government are expected to begin to deliver humanitarian assistance in October, which is likely to improve the food security situation.

    • Staple prices continue to be higher than the five-year average and last year’s price largely because of local demand and high source market prices in South Africa. Although there was a slight and notable price decrease between June and July, the declining trend was not consistent. Between July and August, maize prices remained stable and there are some reports from the field that prices are on an upward trend.  

    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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