Lesotho: hungry and largely forgotten as donor pledges ring hollow

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Nov 29 2012, 10:31:21

Appeals fail to raise enough cash for food insecure country hit by late rains, poor harvests and long-term agriculture problems

International donors are under pressure to provide more money for Lesotho, where 725,000 people - one-third of the population - are short of food following the worst harvest in 10 years.

Representatives from the US and the EU, including Irish Aid, are scheduled to meet in Maseru, the capital, next week to consider the lack of follow-through on pledges of aid made earlier in the year, after the UN launched an appeal for $38.5m (£24m) for September 2012 to March 2013.

Funds so far come to only $9.5m, making Lesotho the least well-funded UN appeal by a long way. The UN appeal followed an emergency declared in August by the new coalition government, led by the prime minister, Tom Thabane.

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