Lesotho: Agricultural training provides assistance to drought-affected farmers

by Makopano Letsatsi - Communications Coordinator
Food insecurity is posing an increasing problem across Southern Africa, prompting World Vision to step up its efforts to ensure farmers and their families don't go hungry.

World Vision Lesotho last month provided training to 48 farmers in its Nthabitseng Area Development Program on improved agricultural production techniques.

The four day workshop, from July 19 to 22, covered topics such as horticulture, vegetable production, irrigation farming, as well as the best way to market produce.

Nthabiseng Program Manager Mrs. Maitumeleng Mokhali said it was important that farmers are kept abreast of current agricultural practices.

With drought and food shortages affecting the entire country, Mokhali said World Vision's role was to bring the expertise to the farmers, enabling them to help themselves.

"It is important to ensure farmers are equipped with skills that will enable them to produce agricultural crops for food and commercial purposes, despite the current challenges," she said.

The program also embarked on a child nutrition and immunization campaign last month. Parents from communities in the project were encouraged to bring their children to the assessment sites, where World Vision staff checked their nutritional and immunisation status.

Of the 336 children under five years of age assessed in the three-day campaign, 37 were found to be suffering from malnutrition and in need of follow-up attention from program staff. World Vision also provided vaccinations to 54 children who had missed their shots.