FAO Project Highlights: Livestock emergency response to El Niño induced drought in Lesotho (OSRO/LES/604/USA)

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Contribute to the protection of livestock livelihood assets and increase the resilience of livestock dependent livelihoods to disasters.

Beneficiaries reached

19 892 households.

Activities implemented

  • Procured 103 veterinary kits and 35 sterilizers to equip the livestock technical staff.
  • Conducted public awareness campaigns on the dangers of zoonotic diseases.
  • Conducted vaccination campaigns reaching a total of 377 673 animals (cats, cattle, dogs, donkeys, goats, horses and sheep) in 19 892 households.
  • Trained 29 government officials as well as NGO staff on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards.
  • Trained 70 area technical officers of MAFS on livestock management and animal health.
  • Identified 16 communities where water tanks would be positioned.
  • Provided sustainable animal watering points by constructing 16 water tanks and boreholes that would supply water to 6 000 animals.
  • Sensitized livestock owners on the importance of the sustainable utilization of water resources.
  • Built electrical fences and procured equipment for rangeland management in order to foster the regeneration of grazing and wetlands.
  • Procured and distributed 10.1 tonnes of fodder seeds, allowing farmers to engage in fodder production and reducing the pressure on rangelands.
  • Trained 254 grazing associations members in fire management techniques.


  • Planted 218 ha of land for reseeding and fodder production.
  • Supported an estimated 10 000 heads of cattle with the fodder produced.
  • Improved access to water for animals.
  • Improved animal health.
  • Improved animal nutrition.