MAFS AND FAO DIFFUSE CA TECHNOLOGY TO LESOTHO TEACHERS
In an endeavor to create awareness of the land degradation in Lesotho and the increasing food insecurity generated by Climate Change compounded by social and environmental factors, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Training, Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation conducted trainings on Conservation Agriculture, land management, home gardening and nutrition for primary agricultural school teachers from the 10 districts of Lesotho in October and November, 2016. These trainings were conducted under the umbrella of the National Conservation Agriculture Task Force (NCATF), with funding from FAO. This was not the first time such trainings were conducted. They started as far back as 2013/14. Since 2014, FAO has worked closely with Lesotho NCATF and the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) in the design and implementation of capacity building activities targeting teachers and principals from primary and secondary schools. This collaboration aims at the progressive and effective introduction of nutrition sensitive and climate smart agriculture topics in schools curriculum.
The objectives of these rounds of trainings was still to provide awareness on Conservation Agriculture and its principles, link CA to climate change, promote sustainable and integrated agriculture practices leading to increased resilience of rural communities. Participants were also made aware and provided with the CA training materials developed by the NCATF.
A total of 587 teachers were trained in these two months from the 10 districts of Lesotho. The topics included; CA, Climate Change, Soil & Water Conservation, Sustainable Land Management and Water Shed approach, Range Management, Home Gardening and Nutrition. Participants were also given a change to construct key hole gardens with the expectation that each participant will have it at his/her school in the near future.