Lesotho: Horticulture productivity and trade development

    Información general


    Project’s Target Areas and Groups:

    Target beneficiaries were drawn from the four lowland districts of Leribe, Berea, Maseru and Mafeteng.

    Target Groups:

    • Farmer Groups (Cooperatives and Associations)

    • The youth

    • Women

    • Individual smallholder farmers who have basic resources and motivation required to successfully improve agricultural productivity and diversify into market-oriented agriculture. However special concessions were made for the poorest of the poor who demonstrated enough passion and commitment to enterprise but lacking in basic means.

    • Implementing Entities:

      • Ministries of Trade and Industry (MTI), of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing (MSBCM).

      • The International Trade Centre (ITC), as the main implementing entity. Responsibilities among these entities were shared in accordance with the following table:

        Outcomes and Responsibilities

    • Outcome

      Partner Organisations

      Focus Area

      Outcome 1
      Enhanced skills and knowledge of Smallholder farmers (SMEs) and their cooperatives in the use of appropriate technology in production of high-value FFVs.
      · Identification of beneficiaries and their location as well as specific needs within cooperatives
      · Approval and coordination of Project management processes
      · Office of Africa (Procurement and supply of appropriate agro-technology)
      · Sector Competitiveness Section (Division of Market Development)
      · Identification of beneficiaries and their location as well as specific needs within cooperatives
      · In collaboration with suppliers of equipment provide agronomical support and relevant training, crops department assist in the identification of Project beneficiaries and field services assist with extension work
      Outcome 2
      Masianokeng Mushroom laboratory provides greater volumes of Mushroom Spawn for the ever-growing demand for the spawn in Lesotho.
      · In collaboration with suppliers of equipment install and lead production of additional spawn at the selected premises
      · The marketing department to assist with identifying potential markets for the mushroom
      · Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) should help with proper packaging of mushroom to ensure freshness and market value
      Outcome 3
      Strengthened capacity of the DSQA to deliver Quality Assessment support services to SMEs.
      · Enterprise Competitiveness Section –SQAM Unit (Division of Business and Institutional Support)
      · Trade Information Section (Division of Market Development)
      · Department of Standards and Quality Assurance (DSQA) – lead and design the strategy for standard knowledge development
      · Department of marketing should start mentioning Lesotho’s products conformity to standards as a new marketing ploy
      · Agriculture research department
      Outcome 4
      Strengthened consolidation/commercial Market Centre that manages an inclusive supply chain services linking cooperatives to domestic and international markets.
      · Coordination of design and implementation of the FFV supply chain
      · Coordination of partnerships between producers and private sector (Consolidation-Marketing Centre operations)
      · Export Strategy Section: build capacity and design sector strategy for the FFVs
      · Export Strategy Section: Build capacity and design sector strategy for the FFVs
      · Market Information System (mobile and printed versions for use by locals)
      Outcome 5
      Improved financial management skills among target coops/smallholder farmers and as well as capacity enhanced to receive bank loans.
      · In collaboration with Ministry of Finance lead the deployment of the Credit Guarantee Scheme to Project beneficiaries
      · Train farmers and cooperative growing FFVs to better deal with finance management issues including with finance houses e.g. bank loans repayment



    Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

    Este proyecto contribuye a los siguientes Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, definidos en la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible.