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FAO delivers emergency fodder seeds to vulnerable livestock farmers in Lesotho


The high-quality animal fodder seeds will reach 1 200 livestock farmers to restore their livelihoods.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with financial support from the World Bank, is distributing emergency fodder seeds to vulnerable Lesotho Livestock owners affected by COVID-19 pandemic

The intervention seeks to make a quick impact on about 1 200 vulnerable farmers from wool sheds and livestock communities in five rangelands districts which were affected by COVID-19 related restrictions that included restricted movements and closure of some activities. During the national lockdown in Lesotho, livestock keepers were unable to buy animal feeds due to access challenges and also the fact that the prices of the feed had been hiked.

Matsepo Mohapi, 48 years old, has a family of six members. She keeps 60 livestock including sheep, goats, donkey and horses in Mokhethoaneng Tocha village, Berea district. Once a year she shears her sheep for wool and goat for mohair to sell to get income for her household. Her husband who works in the mines in a neighboring country sends her money to buy livestock feeds.