Lesotho country case study report: strengthening coherence between agriculture and social protection

Research reports and studies
May 2016
Martina Ulrichs, Dr. Matseliso Mphale

The Lesotho study sets out to explore the potential for linkages between agriculture and social protection in a context characterized by large-scale, self-targeted agricultural programmes in the agricultural sector and social assistance programmes framed around a life-course approach in the social protection domain. The project focuses on two core questions:

• What are the current experiences of achieving coherence between Lesotho’s agricultural and social protection policies and programmes?

• What lessons and insights do these experiences hold for achieving more and better coordination between the two sectors?

This study took place in Lesotho (in Maseru, and in Maseru and Leribe districts) between 27 April and 7 May 2015. The study was led by Martina Ulrichs (ODI) along with Dr Matseliso Mphale of the National University of Lesotho with assistance from Borja Miguelez and Mokitinyane Nthimo of the FAO Lesotho Country Office.