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Lesotho: the uphill journey to development

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dc.date.accessioned 2005-05-20 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T09:43:50Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T09:43:50Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7248
dc.description.abstract Lesotho is the second smallest country in southern Africa after Swaziland, landlocked and surrounded by South Africa. The country, with its population of 2.1 million people, is one of the least developed in the world. Mountains make up almost three-quarters of the country. The lowlands, where the capital city, Maseru, is situated, constitute about one quarter of the land. About 80 per cent of the populace live in the lowlands and foothills that contain most of Lesotho's scarce productive arable land. Land in the highlands and the Senqu River Valley, which is rapidly eroding, is suitable only for grazing and for low population densities. All over the country, rainfall is sporadic and unreliable, and drought and hailstorms often wipe out entire crops. Winters are severe, with cold winds and snow flurries in the lowlands and heavy snowstorms in the mountains. The resulting problems of land shortage, soil erosion and falling productivity have been compounded by recurrent drought. Lesotho used to produce a wide variety of food crops, being once self-sufficient in food and even exporting high value agricultural produce such as asparagus to South Africa during the 1980s. However, it has now become a net importer of food as land available for agriculture has been shrinking. Lesotho has some other natural resources, including diamonds. However, it is the water sector in which it is showing the most progress. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world, provides for the storing of the waters of the Orange-Senqu River in a series of dams. Water is then delivered to South Africa through an extensive network of tunnels. There is also provision for the generation of electricity for Lesotho. The governments of South Africa and Lesotho fund the project jointly with support from the World Bank. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher HSRC Press en
dc.subject LESOTHO en
dc.subject DEVELOPMENT en
dc.title Lesotho: the uphill journey to development en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.BudgetYear 2004/05 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human Resources Development en
dc.SourceTitle Vocational education and training in southern Africa: a comparative study en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Akoojee, M.S.A. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Gewer, A. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor McGrath, S. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 2949 en
dc.PageNumber 32-45 en
dc.outputnumber 1896 en
dc.bibliographictitle Magau, T. (2005) Lesotho: the uphill journey to development. In: Akoojee, M.S.A., Gewer, A. & McGrath, S. (eds). <i>Vocational education and training in southern Africa: a comparative study</i>. Cape Town: HSRC Press. 32-45. en
dc.publicationyear 2005 en
dc.contributor.author1 Magau, T. en


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