Dispatch from Lesotho

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Tebellong, Lesotho – 10 December 2007 – by Richard Lee

Despite
the worst drought in 30 years, farmers in Lesotho have produced enough
food to feed themselves and their families – and sell the World Food
Programme what’s left over. WFP spokesperson Richard Lee visited a
group of farmers who are looking forward to a brighter future thanks to
WFP purchasing their food.

For the first time in her life, 52-year-old Maleetoane Khali has money. Not a lot but enough to send her older children to school and to buy previously unaffordable necessities like
soap and salt.
More importantly, the
money has made her believe that she can permanently pull her family out
of poverty and hunger. The source of her new found ‘wealth’ is the
World Food Programme (WFP).

But
Khali is not a beneficiary. Nor did she receive a hand-out. Instead,
she was paid a fair price for the surplus crops she produced – part of
a historic deal that saw WFP buy maize from small-scale farmers in
Lesotho for the very first time.

Read the full story at the WFP site.

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