Mohale’s Hoek, April. 03 — Villagers at Khoelenya Community Council have developed guidelines with the purpose of ensuring sustainability of ongoing developments in their community, under the project called Improving Adaptive Capacity of Vulnerable and Food Insecure Populations in Lesotho(IACOV).
In an interview with the Agency, IACOV’s field officer Mr. Tsóanelo Oliphant noted that this four-year project is currently in its third year, whereby villagers are sensitised on climate change issues and adaptive methods.
He noted that Khoelenya’s community is also focusing on issues like range conservation and have switched to keyhole farming (Lentloane) which plays a major role in conserving moisture, they also have an orchard, while independently families have reared Boschveld chickens for subsistence purposes.
Mr. Oliphant further articulated that within a year there is a period of six months of Lean Season, whereby there is poor harvest, and the community members are given a certain amount of money to bridge the gap brought by poor harvest due to climate change.
IACOV is a four year’s programme which is being financially supported by Adaptive Fund and being executed by the government of Lesotho, through the then Ministry of Range and Soil Conservation and Lesotho Meteorological Services, (LMS) with the objective of addressing the effects of climate change in Lesotho.