Lesotho

Lesotho
Lesotho

Official Name: Kingdom of Lesotho
Capital: Maseru
Independence Day: 4 October 1966
Currency: Loti (LSL)

Key Results

  • Lesotho is among 12 African countries to have adopted and implemented the AU Model Law on Medical Products Regulation, which aims to improve access to quality and safe drugs and as well fight the circulation of fake medical products on the continent.
  • The country has developed full databases on the status of innovation focused on product and process innovations. The support also targets organizational and marketing innovations.
  • Lesotho is also among the first four countries that have been supported to strengthen the health sector’s response to Tuberculosis and occupational lung diseases. The support focuses on: developing capacity for innovative prevention, detection and treatment of TB; building regional capacity for disease surveillance, diagnostics and management of TB and occupational lung diseases; and regional learning and innovation, and project management.
  • The Lesotho HWP phase II hydropower component programme will supply power to Lesotho and export power to South Africa. The project also includes a water transfer component programme to supply water to Gauteng Province in South Africa.
  • Lesotho signed the CAADP Compact in 2013 committing to prioritise agriculture productivity and development. The country received technical support in developing its National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) and integration of CAADP into government planning and budgeting processes and policy documents.
  • The Forestry Initiative for Landscape and Livelihoods Improvement (FILI) has been implemented. In this regard, datasets and inventories of current woodlots (forests and agroforestry sites) were produced including digital maps and geo-referenced information on forests / agroforestry resources. In addition, capacities of 69 extension and forest officers were strengthened in forestry and agroforestry management .
  • Five climate change adaptation measures/techniques were identified in the forestry sector, namely: Agroforestry plantations with apiculture; Range Management Areas (RMA) with Grazing Association (GA); Grass planting in stone lined slopes; Conservation Agriculture practices; and Construction of dams and community reservoirs.
  • Four climate change mitigation techniques were identified in the forestry sector, namely: protection of forest reserves; protection of indigenous woodlands; agroforestry plantations; and orchard growing.