WFP - World Food Programme
WFP has been working in Lesotho since 1965.despite the lengthly period of cooperation between Lesotho and WFP, Lesotho still holds an observer status and is not a member of the Executive Board of WFP, consideration to run for membership of the Executive Council is in progress. Currently, WFP has a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) and Development Project (DP) in the country.
WFP started the new PRRO in May 2008 with the main focus on social protection. WFP used the 2007 UNAIDS report on HIV prevalence and 2007 national nutrition survey to target 158,000 people in six districts with HIV prevalence above the national average. WFP has scaled up its operations and is now targeting around 178,000 beneficiaries in 10 districts.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Lesotho
WFP’s work in Lesotho includes a Country Programme, which has three components – disaster risk reduction, early childhood care and development, and support to nutrition and HIV - and a School Meals Programme
WFP Recent Activities
EL NINO, IMPACTS AND PRIORITIES FOR ACTION
On the 9 February 2016, the WFP Regional Director for Southern Africa Bureau Mr Chris Nikoi organized a meeting with Southern Africa based Missions Rome and highlighted the importance of the Member States coming together at this critical time of El Nino.
The government of Lesotho is working together with WFP country programme to reduce food insecurity taking into consideration the effects of the current drought. The emergency preparedness plan is being implemented by various stakeholders. This comes after the Right Honorable Prime Minister Dr Pakalitha Mosisili declared state of emergency on drought caused by El Nino and made an appeal for Humanitarian Assistance to the International community and Development partners.
Africa Day of School Feeding (WFP)
On the 1st March 2016, Rome based Diplomatic missions gathered for celebration of the Africa Day of School Feeding. WFP is working in partnership with its members and the Government of Lesotho is no exception to provide school feeding. The aim is to increase enrolment, stabilise attendance, and reduce dropout rates of primary school children.