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Statement by Senator Don Meredith on the Lesotho Food Crisis

The Honourable Dr. Don Meredith, Senator

TORONTO, August 14, 2012 – Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights member, Senator Don Meredith, has issued the following statement regarding the Declaration of Emergency on Food Security by the Right Honourable Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of Lesotho, Africa:

The nation of Lesotho continues to find itself in a fragile state due to a reoccurring food crisis brought about by devastating weather conditions. The latest data tells us that food production has decreased by 77-percent since last year.

Although this crisis will affect the entire country, it is Lesotho’s women, HIV-infected, and young children, including 300,000 orphans, who will be impacted the most. We often focus on helping nations devastated by catastrophic natural disasters, but the slow death associated with hunger and malnutrition is just as devastating to a nation and its people. In the long-term, the Government of Lesotho has a plan to improve agricultural productivity and food security through conservation farming, promoting nutrition, and implementing their National Strategic Development Plan.

In the short-term, the Prime Minister of Lesotho is calling on their Development Partners and friends across the globe to assist them in addressing this emergency. As the first Jamaican and fourth African Canadian to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, I encourage all Western and African governments and non-profits, including those in Canada and the Caribbean, to assist the people of Lesotho as they endure this difficult time.

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