Programme objectives

To address the global rise in prices of food and inputs and to facilitate
access to fertiliser for poor small farmers living in remote areas.

References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2007
Programme components
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Community-Based Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide (with a focus on remote rural areas)
Target groups
Smallholder farmers
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
Eligible households must have: access to at least 0.5 hectares (1.2 acres) of arable land and a history of successful farming; at least one able-bodied member; and at least 50 per cent of their available land left fallow the previous season because they were unable to afford inputs.1 Preference is given to those who are particularly vulnerable or food-insecure such as: households with chronically ill members; female- or child-headed households; those who have to buy a high volume of food due to their own low production; and households without access to formal income sources, remittances or livestock.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Voucher to be spent in seeds, fertiliser, or tools.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Amount of benefits
The value of the vouchers was LSL630 (about USD84) in 2010/11; however, the actual value of benefits depends on what farmers can produce from the fertiliser and seeds that they have received.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
The Fairs are scheduled for the beginning of the planting season.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
At the Agricultural Input Fairs (held at 68 agricultural resource centres across the country), selected farmers are provided with input vouchers that they can spend at the Fair.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Benefit recipients
Smallholder farmers
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
 
Coverage
22,500 farmers annually.
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
Total annual cost of about USD2.5 million
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Institutions and agencies involved
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MFAS); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
References
Smith, W.J., E. Mistiaen, M. Guven, and M. Morojele. 2013. Lesotho - A safety net to end extreme poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/30/000470435_20140630105903/Rendered/ PDF/889990NWP0P13200Box385260B00PUBLIC0.pdf>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
In 2010, a post-harvest survey of beneficiaries was conducted by the FAO.