Smallholder Agriculture Development Project

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Smallholder Agriculture Development Project

The project area covers four of Lesotho’s 10 districts, located along the South African border.

The project will support smallholder farmers to exploit opportunities to increase their productivity and diversify into market-oriented agriculture.
The project will focus on:
  • increasing agricultural market opportunities
  • increasing market-oriented smallholder production
  • identifying commercially viable activities that can be replicated and successfully scaled up
  • project management.
Status: Closed
Approval Date
27 November 2011
2011 - 2020
Rural Development
Total Project Cost
US$ 28.78 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 10 million
Co-financiers (International)
GEF: Least Developed Countries Fund US$ 4.33 million
World Bank: International Development Association US$ 10 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 3.48 million
Financing terms
DSF Grant/Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Philipp Baumgartner

Project design reports

Supervision and implementation support documents

Supervision and implementation support documents

Environmental and social impact assessment

Final environmental and social management framework

Interim (mid-term) review report

Resettlement action framework

PCR digest

Special study

Project list

Project completion report




Lesotho and IFAD join to improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable small-scale farmers

September 2020 - NEWS
160,000 poor rural households in Lesotho will benefit from new financing for a project that will boost food security and nutrition, mitigate the impact of climate change and strengthen livelihoods for greater income.

A day in the life of a vegetable farmer in Lesotho

September 2019 - VIDEO
Thabo Lefatle owns and runs a small vegetable farm in Lesotho’s Mafeteng district, south of the capital Maseru. He is one of 55,000 smallholder farmers in Lesotho who applied for and won public grants.