Basotho can invest in agriculture
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