Lesotho is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and children are already suffering some of the worst impacts. The high incidence of HIV in the country has left thousands of children as heads of their households and in charge of their siblings, and now climate change is making things worse.
In recent years the country has suffered climatic changes such as severe reductions in rainfall levels. These have contributed to reduced crop yields around the country. Without enough means to make a living or grow their own food, many families cannot afford the cost of food, leaving them food insecure. As a result, many children in Lesotho suffer from malnutrition.
To ensure that future changes in rainfall and impacts on agricultural yields do not have such devastating impacts, UNICEF is providing households at risk with the seeds and tools needed to be self-sufficient. By doing so children and families have a source of food even if food prices rise, ensuring that children are healthy and well nourished and able to cope with such climate stresses.