Appeal for over US $38 million launched for LesothoListen /
United Nations agencies in Geneva have launched an appeal for more than $38 million to help feed people in Lesotho.
The landlocked African country, which is surrounded by South Africa, is facing the devastating effects of two successive crop failures as a result of drought.
Gerry Adams reports.
In addition to drought, Lesotho has faced the problem of late rainfall during the most recent agricultural season.
The country has also had unusually heavy rainfall, floods and frost linked to climate change.
United Nations agencies say funds are needed to provide food to about 118,000 of the most deprived.
They also need to meet the longer-term needs of all the 725,000 food- insecure people — more than a third of the population– by improving their agricultural production, food security, health and nutrition.
Gerry Adams, United Nations