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Description: Description: Lesotho

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Lesotho plays a critical role as a watershed, giving rise to the headwaters that feed two major river systems in southern Africa: the Senqu (Orange) and uThukela.

Life in this mountainous land is not without its challenges. Climate change and land degradation have disrupted traditional agricultural practices, affecting small-scale farmers. These risks can mean the difference between life and death, prosperity and poverty. Droughts, rising temperatures, and extreme weather events are pushing people to migrate and even triggering new conflicts.  adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Lesotho

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 1 January 2021]

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[accessed 6 January 2021]

Small, mountainous, and completely landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho depends on a narrow economic base of textile manufacturing, agriculture, remittances, and regional customs revenue. About three-fourths of the people live in rural areas and engage in animal herding and subsistence agriculture, although Lesotho produces less than 20% of the nation's demand for food. Agriculture is vulnerable to weather and climate variability.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $3,300 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 86%

industry and services: 14% (2002 est.)

Unemployment rate: 28.1% (2014 est.)

Population below poverty line: 57% (2016 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 544 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 41.5 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 53 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 78.2% of population

Physicians density: 0.07 physicians/1,000 population (2010)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 62.4% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 29.7% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Lesotho

[accessed 14 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Lesotho

[accessed 21 April 2021]

The World Bank helps the government enhance competitiveness, foster private sector–led growth, improve service delivery, and diversify its economic base.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 1 January 2021]

Lesotho is an agricultural country, with modest industrial, tourism and labor-remittance incomes. Its economic policy is closely tied to that of South Africa and the South African Rand is accepted as legal tender. Remittances from miners employed in South Africa plunged by half between 1990 and 1996. As 35% of male wage earners are employed in South Africa, 54% of households in Lesotho are headed by women.

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