Lesotho experienced a severe food crisis in 2001-3, related to devaluation of the Rand and growing vulnerability. Two-thirds of Lesotho’s food is imported, even in a normal year. Agriculture suffers a number of problems in Lesotho, and the poor resort to coping strategies. The cash economy is crucial to food security, but incomes have been falling and food prices rising. Policy responses have sought both to increase production and enable the poor to purchase food.
Averting ‘New Variant Famine’, Briefing Notes No. 4 February 2008, Brunel University, London, UK, 2 pp.