Location of a dairy initiative next to a to a town dumpsite and subleasing of an abondoned farmland to support initiation of a dairy enterprise.

June 19, 2017

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Location of a dairy initiative next to a to a town dumpsite and subleasing of an abondoned farmland to support initiation of a dairy enterprise.

About the Implementing organization

Name: LIPHAMOLA DAIRY FARMERS ASSOCIATION

Country: Lesotho

Year of establishment: 2011

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status

Description

Generally, the civil society network in Lesotho is very weak with those aligned to environmental protection being comparatively the weakest. The Association located the holding kraal and milking parlor next to a dumpsite which is located along a stream feeding a major tributary of the Senqu/Orange River, a transboundary water body falling within the catchment of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project between Lesotho and South Africa. The Association brought together the Ministries of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Water Affairs, Agriculture and Food Security, Health and Local Government to deliberate on the impact of poor solid waste disposal and its impact on land and water resources management and the danger it poses to livestock which forages on the dumpsite. The dump site which was a hidden eyesore and hazard became conspicuous and appropriate action was taken. The dumpsite has been relocated to a more suited place; the site has been rehabilitated and turned into an orchard.

Nature Element

Mountains / Rivers / Grasslands

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Pollution prevention, clean up / Invasive species / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

      

Environmental Impacts

More than 14 hectares of degraded rangeland have been rehabilitated and are sustainably managed. They now support a growing dairy enterprise.
More than 5 hectares of contaminated land has been rehabilitated and turned into an orchard and in the future will be under a permanent crop of fodder
Contamination of rivers feeding the Senqu/Orange River, a transboundary body has been prevented.
A debate on sound disposal of solid waste has been initiated.

Sustainable Development Impacts

- An initiative that started off with an injection of USD 20,000 has turned into a fully mechanized commercial venture with hires, staff and give or take 100 marginalized rural farming households to be engaged in a share-cropping program for fodder production. Income is envisaged to be generated from the sale of fodder for livelihood support.
- Safe disposal of solid waste eliminating the hazard to livestock and humans who could easily access the dumpsite for scavenging and prevention of the waste from being washed into natural streams has been ensured.
- Greening of the land through fruit tree planting and other permanent crops has been initiated.

Scalability

The initiative which started with 5 herds of cattle supported by 14 hectares of land is growing into a district-wide initiative. Through the support of the local Diamond Company, the Association will engage in share-cropping on 750 hectares of land with local farmers within the district of Mokhotlong with 250 hectares planted each year over a period of three years. An initiative started by a group of retirees is now becoming a district-wide initiative creating livelihood benefits and employment for local communities.

Replicability

Lesotho imports dairy products from South Africa. It is through south-south cooperation between the two countries that this initiative is being developed. Dairy projects have come and gone in Lesotho. Lessons to be learned from this initiative could influence the development of national policies that support the growth of the dairy industry in Lesotho.

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