The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the lead agency for agriculture. FAO is mandated by the United Nations to ensure that all people have access at all times to adequate nutritious and safe food. This ensures that they can contribute to economic and social progress through agriculture and rural-based development and help improve the management and utilisation of natural resources. FAO serves as a knowledge network, shares policy expertise, provides a forum for member states to build a common understanding and bring knowledge to the field by providing the technical knowhow.
An intergovernmental organization with 191 member states, in Lesotho FAO supports among other operations: vulnerable farming households through provision of agricultural inputs and training on Conservation Agriculture, Home Gardening and Nutrition.
In addition FAO supports the training of extension officers, school teachers and community representatives on climate smart agriculture while also exploring complementarities between Agricultural production and Social Protection initiatives. The organization continues to provide technical support to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and other related line ministries to help build an enabling environment for sustainable agri-business development.
For more information on FAO in Lesotho, visit http://www.fao.org