More Basotho need assistance …As highlighted by Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Analysis (VAA) and IPC Analysis Results 2018

More Basotho need assistance …As highlighted by Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Analysis (VAA) and IPC Analysis Results 2018

. The number of people in need of assistance increased compared to last year and it is projected to be around 18% of the rural population and 9.2% of the urban population during the next lean season (Sept 2018 – Feb 2019).

. The total cereal forecast foresees a drastic reduction (-65%) compared to last year’s production, mainly due to late onset of rains and late planting, below-normal rainfall, unseasonal snowfall, extreme temperatures, flash floods and hailstorms experienced in the period September 2017 – March 2018.

. Staple price decreased by 33% compared to last year, but remained 200% higher compared to the reference year (2008/09).

. In the current period (July-August 2018), all the districts are classified in IPC Phase 2 (Stressed) while in the projected period (Sept 2018 to Feb 2019), Mohale’s Hoek, Qacha’s Nek and Quthing are classified in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) while the other districts will remain in IPC Phase 2 (Stressed).

. The majority of households have adequate water supply through communal taps (52%), private borehole (29%), protected springs (5%) and unprotected sources (8%). Moreover, 83% of households are using improved sanitation, showing an increase from the previous year. Nonetheless, some of the districts have a high percentage of households using unprotected water sources.

. For children under 5 years of age, the national prevalence of stunting is 35% while the prevalence of wasting is 3.5%.

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