Homestead gardening brings hope as Lesotho seeks to adapt to climate change
Campaign aims to improve food security and diets of most vulnerable
27 October 2015, Leribe, Lesotho – Ask 90-year-old Rammitsane Matela how climate conditions have changed over the years for the farmers in the fields of rural Lesotho and he does not need to stretch his memory far to find the answer.
“Heavy rains and drought are things that started recently,” he says of the extreme weather events which, as in so many other parts of the world, are increasingly afflicting Lesotho, a landlocked country in southern Africa.
Lesotho struggles with poverty, malnutrition, high HIV infection rates, unemployment and soil erosion. Declining harvests due to the combination of inadequate production practices and the impact of climate change are compounding the country’s problems, pushing many rural communities further into food and nutrition insecurity.