Lesotho - Emergency Humanitarian Relief Assistance to the Victims of Food Crisis

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jul 2016
Signature Date 03 Oct 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 May 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 May 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 743,864.97
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed Emergency Relief Assistance Operation is a US$ 1 million grant from the Bank’s Special Relief Fund (SRF) in response to the appeal of the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The Kingdom of Lesotho is facing increased and severe food insecurity due to the drought caused by the El Nino phenomenon. The contribution will be used to procure cereals (maize) pulses, and oil and will cover the associated costs related to the delivery of food supply, including transportation from point of purchase to Lesotho and onward transportation for distribution to beneficiaries, storage, handling, monitoring and distribution. It will also cover the management cost of the executing agency.

Project Objectives

The objective of the proposed Bank Group Emergency Relief Assistance to the Kingdom of Lesotho is to contribute to the on-going efforts of the Government and other humanitarian partners to save lives and protect livelihoods in the current crisis situation caused by the drought being experienced by the country. This objective will be achieved through the provision of emergency food relief.


This contribution will cover specifically the food commodity requirements from July 2016 to December 2016 consisting of 948 MT of maize, 142 MT of pulses and 47 MT of Vegetable Oil for 13,160 beneficiaries in Thaba - Tseka, Quthing, Maseru, Qacha and Mohales` Hoek districts.

Participating Organization

Special Relief Funds
World Food Program (WFP)


IATI identifier 46002-P-LS-A00-001
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Joseph Akrofi COOMPSON
Email j.coompson@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Lesotho
Coordinates Location Name
-30.15137 27.47691 Mohales Hoek
-29.56667 28.6 Thaba-Tseka
-30.36667 28.0 Quthing
-29.58333 27.83333 Maseru