ADRA has implemented food security programmes for more than five decades throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has developed and adopted an integrated approach to food security and nutrition programmes. Through its programmes, ADRA Lesotho focuses on working closely with people of every age to demonstrate ways to produce food for the future, and increase crop yields. Through trainings and capacity building techniques, ADRA Lesotho trains lead farmers on modern agricultural techniques and on preventing agricultural enemies. Trainings demonstrate how to explore climate friendly farming methods; new technologies; and provide plans to allow easy access to market places. ADRA Lesotho also trains cooperative groups on how to work together in collecting rain water for irrigation and drinking water for livestock.
ADRA Lesotho’s goals include: emergency response to food distribution and continual development of Food Security programmes. ADRA Lesotho also intends to continue capacity building for its national staff who can efficiently respond to food crisis and malnutrition. Significant improvements have been made by training on agricultural inputs, income generating activities and providing seeds.
Nutrition is a cross cutting issue in all ADRA programmes. Two of the key areas where activities are concentrated are: nutrition education and behaviour change communication; and community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). ADRA Lesotho has learned that nutrition education is effective in reducing malnutrition in children, especially when combined with complementary interventions. To complement the more structured programmes, ADRA Lesotho works with district nutritionists to plan and conduct food fairs and disseminate information to encourage the adoption of improved nutritional practices. ADRA Lesotho’s priorities in the
NUTRITION SECTOR ARE TO:
- Focus on women, children and adolescents;
- mBe clinical and community driven;
- Improve dietary intake through exclusive breastfeeding, optimal introduction of complementary feeding, and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF);
- Fortify with micronutrients through bio-fortification in plant breeding and distribution of enhanced seeds to farmers;
- Deliver micronutrient interventions through the promotion of vitamin-dense crops, such as vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes, and the use of herbs and spices, plants, and iodized salt, as well as through educating communities on nutritious consumption, and iron, zinc, and vitamin A supplementation;
- Support additional income generation through selling plants, herbs, and spices for increased resources to purchase food;
- Provide training on improved food utilization; and,
- Provide nutrition training with HIV considerations.
To address the shortages that come about as a result of recurrent droughts, ADRA with WFP support has in the past years implemented seasonal targeted food distributions. At the peak of the lean season. Organizations that work closely with ADRA in the food sector include Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and World Food Programme (WFP).