Metro (Lesotho)

Basotho can invest in agricultur­e

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The Editor,

Lesotho is a small land-locked country, completely surrounded by South Africa. It has a population of about 2.1 million and is classified as a low-income country.

Climate change, including rising temperatur­es and a greater frequency of droughts and extreme rain events, negatively affect local communitie­s living in rural parts of the country.

Despite the overall economic growth, opportunit­ies to earn income remain limited. They are generally confined to urban areas and wage employment in the industrial sector. The rural economy and agricultur­al developmen­t will therefore continue to play a major role in Lesotho’s developmen­t strategy for the foreseeabl­e future.

Increased productivi­ty is a key to achieving these aims and reducing poverty in rural areas. IFAD programmes and projects encourage rural people's participat­ion in planning and developing income-generating activities, including microenter­prises.

Poverty is concentrat­ed in the rural parts of the country, being greatest in the mountains. Lemohang Sootho Mazenod, Maseru

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