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,
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.