Founded by former Danish development workers based in Lesotho, the Denmark-Lesotho Network (DLN) supports local NGOs to develop civil society in Lesotho.
DLN has helped raise funds for RSDA to assist farmers’ groups in Mafeteng district build water tanks, vegetable gardens and provide leadership training to farmers.
Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) facilitates the socio-economic development and adaptation to climate change in Lesotho. Rural Self – Help Development Association (RSDA) in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is implementing this project: Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) project in Senqunyane sub catchment at Thabatseka and Likhetla sub catchment at Mafeteng districts. Our scope of the community engagement is as follows:
- Community mobilization and capacity building for ICM prevention measures.
- Livelihoods strengthening at the community level.
- Support establishment of structures in catchment and communities.
- Professional training for ICM.
- Support the implementation of community based ICM plans for prevention measures.
The current business that RSDA is implementing is funded by the European Union titled “Economic growth through sustainable access to renewable energy solutions in rural Lesotho”, UNCDF is funding RSDA in the context of the Financial Support Scheme, which is part of “Development of Cornerstone Public Policies and Institutional Capacities to accelerate Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Progress” PCIect in Lesotho.
The project aims to address the pervasive problem of accessing efficient and renewable energy (EERE) solutions through the development of a sustainable local social enterprise that sources and distributes EERE technology solutions for use in rural homes and by small holder farmers in the Mohale’s Hoek district. The range of products include solar lights, cell phone chargers and solar dryers.
The GEF Small Grants Programme
The output of the intervention will be Narrative labeling concept of the slow food Movement on two livestock value chains –slow fed red meat and milk.
Outcome of the intervention is to contribute to the transitioning of the food system in Lesotho and the agricultural supply chains in their entirety but also consumers. RSDA applies agro-ecology approach to the slow fed red meat and milk value chain. All actors – herders, farmers, practitioners, scientific experts and advocates contributing to or producing, processing and consuming food that includes environmental, social and economic concerns are active participants.