Lesotho Hunger AlertPosted by: admin | Posted on: July 31, 2008
In Lesotho, a second year of severe weather, including heavy rainfall, frost, hailstorms and tornadoes, contributed to another poor cereal harvest in 2002 – 60 percent lower than in normal years.
The crisis was exacerbated by increasing poverty, soaring food prices, rising unemployment due to retrenchments in the South African mining industry and the fourth highest adult prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the world (31%).
Some 650,000 people will continue to require emergency food aid throughout the country – particularly in Qacha’s Nek, Quthing and Mohale’s Hoek – until at least May, when the cereal harvest should have finished.
However, thousands of households will continue to need food aid for some time to come due to another poor crop – the result of more erratic weather and environmental degradation.