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Approximately three-fourths of Lesothoâ's population relies on subsistence and small-farming agriculture for their livelihoods.1 Thus, Lesothoâ's economy is very vulnerable to the negative effects of increasing climate change. Lesotho currently lacks the cohesive climate change policy and strategy necessary to mitigate the changes.2 Droughts and limits on the hydroelectricity sector have increased the amount of water-borne diseases and the frequency of intense weather events.3 The UNDP has begun to institute pilot projects that will help Lesotho navigate the climate changes.4

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1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/lt.html
2 http://www.undp-aap.org/countries/Lesotho
3 Ibid
4 Ibid
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Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Lesotho
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Lesotho News

AllAfrica.com 
LESOTHO has made huge strides in addressing the scourge of HIV and Aids with a recent study revealing that 90.2 percent of people living with HIV were now on antiretroviral (ARVs) treatment. This figure surpasses the second of three ambitious 90-90-90 ... See more..
News24 
Maseru - A former military commander in Lesotho has been charged with murdering a police official during a purported 2014 attempt to topple the government of the small African mountain kingdom. Tlali Kamoli on Monday also is charged with attempted ... See more..
Daily Maverick 
Lesotho foreign minister Lesego Makgothi flew to Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday to meet SADC executive secretary Stergomena Tax to demand an explanation for the delay in deploying a peacekeeping force to Lesotho. Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom ... See more..
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Eyewitness News 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says its concerned about recent threats and intimidation against its Lesotho-based correspondent. Journalist Nthakoana Ngatane has been forced to flee the Mountain Kingdom after ... See more..
Citizen 
Police have arrested a 25-year-old woman from Lesotho with tik valued at R250,000 hidden in juice cartons and biscuit boxes in her handbag. See more..
Daily Maverick 
SADC military chiefs have decided that a second technical assessment is needed before sending a peacekeeping force into Lesotho. By PETER FABRICIUS. See more..
africanews 
The former head of Lesotho's armed forces has been arrested over unspecified offences committed during his fours years in the job. See more..
ReliefWeb 
With support from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF provided safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to 15,897 drought-affected people in 5 districts, from January to September 2017. Since the start of the ... See more..
The Philadelphia Tribune 
Lt. Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso, center, was shot to death recently by two rival officers who were killed in a subsequent gunfight in Lesotho. The assassination ... See more..
Daily Maverick 
A full battalion seems poised to go in to discipline renegade military officers. By Peter Fabricius for ISS TODAY. First published by ISS Today. Will the Southern ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Africa, an enclave of South Africa
Area

Total 30,355 sq km
Land 30,355 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

temperate; cool to cold, dry winters; hot, wet summers
Natural Resources

water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay, building stone ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts
Current Environmental Issues

population pressure forcing settlement in marginal areas results in overgrazing, severe soil erosion, and soil exhaustion; desertification; Highlands Water Project controls, stores, and redirects water to South Africa

Demographics

Nationality
Basotho
Population
1,936,181 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Small, mountainous, and completely landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho is a least developed country in which about three-fourths of the people live in rural areas and engage in subsistence agriculture. Lesotho produces less than 20% of the nation's demand for food. Rain-fed agriculture is vulnerable to weather and climate variability; an estimated 725,500 people will require food assistance in 2012/13. The distribution of income in Lesotho remains inequitable. Lesotho relies on South Africa for much of its economic activity. Lesotho imports 90% of the goods it consumes from South Africa, including most agricultural inputs. Households depend heavily on remittances from ...See More family members working in South Africa, in mines, on farms and as domestic workers, though mining employment has declined substantially since the 1990s. Government revenue depends heavily on transfers from South Africa. Customs duties from the Southern Africa Customs Union accounted for 44% of government revenue in 2012. The South African Government also pays royalties for water transferred to South Africa from a dam and reservoir system in Lesotho. However, the government continues to strengthen its tax system to reduce dependency on customs duties and other transfers. Access to credit remains a problem for the private sector. The government maintains a large presence in the economy - public expenditures accounted for 55% of GDP in 2010 and the government remains Lesotho's largest employer. Lesotho's largest private employer is the textile and garment industry - approximately 36,000 Basotho, mainly women, work in factories producing garments for export to South Africa and the US. Diamond mining in Lesotho has grown in recent years and may contribute 8.5% to GDP by 2015, according to current forecasts. Lesotho's $362.5 million Millennium Challenge Account Compact, which focused on strengthening the healthcare system, developing the private sector, and providing access to improved water supplies and sanitation facilities, will end in September 2013. Despite the 2008/09 global economic crisis, the economy has recovered strongly with growth averaging nearly 5% per year since 2010. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$4.131 billion (2012 est.); $3.972 billion (2011 est.); $3.758 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

21.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 9.4% of GDP (2011 est.); 8.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

corn, wheat, pulses, sorghum, barley; livestock
Industries

food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction, tourism