CON­CLU­SION

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Pro­duc­tion is ex­pected to be lower than 2016/2017 pro­duc­tion year. This is ex­pected to re­sult in in­creased level of food in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try. How­ever, the re­sults of the crop fore­cast will pro­vide the pro­jected fig­ures for the food sit­u­a­tion in 2018/19 con­sump­tion year. More­over, seeds avail­abil­ity might also be af­fected in 2018/19 plant­ing sea­son as most house­holds de­pend on the pre­vi­ous year’s pro­duc­tion for seed.

Prices of sta­ple food are ex­pected to re­main sta­ble due to ex­pected nor­mal pro­duc­tion and stocks from pre­vi­ous har­vest in South Africa (SADC food se­cu­rity up­date March 2018). This is be­cause Le­sotho im­ports about three quar­ters of the sta­ple needs from South Africa hence a de­crease in pro­duc­tion can­not drive the de­mand sig­nif­i­cantly enough to af­fect prices.

Most house­holds will de­pend on pur­chases for their sta­ple needs and it is an­tic­i­pated that food com­modi­ties will be read­ily avail­able from the mar­kets. The in­te­grated mar­kets in the coun­try as well as avail­abil­ity of ce­real stocks for ex­ports in South Africa jus­tify the sus­tain­able sup­ply of ce­re­als to the com­mu­ni­ties.

Live­stock and range­lands con­di­tions are av­er­age due to re­cent rain­fall but are not ex­pected to re­cover fully; hence there is a very high like­li­hood that an­i­mal feed might be­come a prob­lem es­pe­cially af­ter the win­ter sea­son when the coun­try nor­mally re­ceives de­creased amounts of rain­fall. Re­cently, wa­ter sit­u­a­tion was no longer stressed com­pared to the pre­vi­ous months when live­stock had to travel longer dis­tances for drink­ing wa­ter.

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