Last updated: 14/2/2017

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To combat malnutrition among children, increase school enrolment rates, stabilise attendance and reduce drop-out rates.

References
Government of Lesotho. n.d. Poverty Reduction Strategy 2004-2005 2006-2007. Maseru: Government of Lesotho. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.ls/documents/PRSP_Final.pdf>. World Food Programme. n.d. Lesotho Development Project Number 200199 - School Meals Programme. Rome: WFP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://one.wfp.org/operations/current_operations/project_docs/200199.pdf>.
Start date
2005
Conditionalities (if any)
Meals are served at school; therefore, school attendance is the implicit conditionality of the programme.
Coverage
389,000 students
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
1.05 per cent of GDP

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide (many schools are in the remote and economically disadvantaged mountain regions of the country)
References
World Food Programme. 2014. “Lesotho DEV 200199:B/R No: 07 Project Revision for the Approval of: The Executive Director.” Rome: WFP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/internal/documents/projects/wfp272073.pdf>.
Target groups
Students in pre-primary and primary schools across the country.
References
World Food Programme. 2014. “Lesotho DEV 200199:B/R No: 07 Project Revision for the Approval of: The Executive Director.” Rome: WFP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/internal/documents/projects/wfp272073.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
To be eligible, children should be enrolled at school.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Food
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Amount of benefits
School children are provided with one mid-morning snack of maize meal and a one midday meal of maize meal, pulses and vegetable oil.
References
World Food Programme. 2014. “Lesotho DEV 200199:B/R No: 07 Project Revision for the Approval of: The Executive Director.” Rome: WFP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/internal/documents/projects/wfp272073.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Daily
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Meals are delivered at schools.
Benefit recipients
Pre-primary and primary-school students.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
180 days per year
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.