Press Releases and Statements
24 Jul 2007
Humanitarian community seeks $15.6 million for Swaziland drought relief
(New York: 24 July 2007): The international humanitarian community is requesting $15.6 million to help address humanitarian concerns in Swaziland, which has been hit by the worst drought in 15 years. A national disaster was declared by the Government of Swaziland in June, after the recent maize harvest fell to only 26,000 metric tonnes (MT), making it the worst harvest ever...
11 Jul 2007
Kingdom of Lesotho declares food situation a 'crisis'
(Johannesburg: 11 July 2007): The Kingdom of Lesotho yesterday declared a food security emergency in the country and appealed for international assistance.
The crisis is precipitated by the country's most severe drought in the last 30 years, which slashed the staple maize crop harvest by more than 40 percent. As a result, more than 400,000 people - or a fifth of the population - are in need of emergency food aid.
The Government issued the declaration based on United...