Climate Change Adaptation in Lesotho
Food insecurity is considered a defining feature of poverty in Lesotho. The underlying root causes of the problem are clearly linked to low level agricultural productivity and crop failures. These issues are attributed to extreme events driven by climate change and variability and associated issues such as degradation of arable and rangelands, soil erosion and inefficient water control and management.The key biophysical and socio-economic problems associated with climate variability and change would be aggravated further by poor coordination and lack of institutional and technical capacity. Identification and analysis of some of the main institutional factors should be given adequate consideration.
This Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) project promotes an integrated and community-based approach in addressing climate change risks through strengthening of technical and institutional capacity of key stakeholders at national and local levels and evaluating and prioritizing best practices focusing on selected areas of crops, livestock, forest-based livelihood system to reduce the vulnerability of farming and rural communities to climate change-related risks.