Lesotho National Farmers Union (LENAFU)




Address of the organisation: P.O Box 11911, Maseru 100, Lesotho

General e-mail address:

Phone number: +266 223 270 09; +266 223 161 33

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:Dr Mohlalefi MOTEANE

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson:

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson: +26658009722

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO):  Mr Motsau KHUELE (CEO)

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: 

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: +266 58852475

Social Media: Facebook


Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: National


Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: 13 June 2008

Context of creation: LENAFU was created based on the need to have a coordinated apex umbrella body that would function as the eyes, ears and mouthpiece for farmers’ interests in Lesotho.

With the support of the then Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, representatives of district farmer association groupings, producer commodity associations (cooperatives), other non-state organisations and individuals with interest in agriculture, met and decided to establish a national farmers’ union.

LENAFU was registered as an apex body in 2008, started its activities in 2010 (with the support of the Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme – SFOAP) and was officially re-launched jointly with the launching of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compact process.

LENAFU’s membership was initially composed of 10 district farmers’ unions (DFUs), which themselves had been set up to facilitate the creation of the national body. It has then been joined by the National Wool and Mohair Growers Association, the major and oldest commodity-based national farmer’s organisation, three other commodity-based organisations, and the recently established National Federation of Women Entrepreneurs. LENAFU also included one community-based association.

Legal status:  Registered under No: 2008/125 in the Societies Register, Maseru under The Societies Act 1966, on the 13th of June 2008.



Member organisations

Number of member organisations (for Unions or Federations): 18

Type of member organisations:  District Farmer Associations, Federations, Commodity based organisations

Name of main member organisations:

District Farmer Associations:

  • Maseru District Agricultural Unity Assosciation;
  • Bokaota Farmers Association – Mafeteng;
  • Mohale’shoek Farmers Association;
  • Quthing Farmer’s Association;
  • Qacha’sneck District Farmers Assosciation;
  • Thaba-Tseka District Farmers Association;
  • Mokhotlong District Farmers Association;
  • Mokhotlong District Farmers Association
  • Botha-Bothe District Farmers Association
  • Leribe District Farmers Association
  • Berea District Farmers Association

Producer National Commodity Associations

  • Lesotho National Wool & Mohair Growers Association
  • Basotho Poultry Farmers Association
  • Lesotho Pig Producers Association
  • Lesotho Potato Association
  • Lesotho Horticultural farmers Association

Lesotho Young Farmes Association

Federation of Lesotho Women Entreprenuers

Temo-mmoho Multipurpose Farmers Cooperative

Members in their Individual Capacity


Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members: 55 835 (source: LENAFU 2016)

Type of members: smallholders

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: 60% of total members are women; 10% are young farmers



Governing Bodies:

  • Annual General Assembly (Congress). Members of the Congress (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer) are nominated by District Farmers Unions or Associations
  • National Executive Committee (NEC) or Board, constituted of a President, Vice President, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Treasurer-General, Public Relations Officer, fourteen Members Representatives, nominated Members with special knowledge on agriculture. Members are selected through a secret ballot
  • LENAFU Secretariat, which runs the day to day operations of the organization at national level in close collaboration with the Board (National Executive Committee)


  • District Level Structures (District Unions)
  • District Committees – comprising four representatives from each farmer association or cooperatives (the Chairman, Secretary General, Treasurer and one Committee member).
  • District Farmers Unions
  • District Congress


Strategic plan:LENAFU’s strategic plan (2013-2017) has three main objectives: (i) lobby and advocacy to represent farmers’ interests; (ii) capacity building of farmer organisations; and (iii) information and dissemination.

Objective/s of the FO: To help strengthen the institutional capacity and develop networks of farmers’ organisations that link members to information on new technical ideas, markets and funding opportunities outside of their communities. Ensure the active participation of women, youth and other social groups, including in decision making roles and bodies.

Mission and Vision of the FO: 

Vision.The association’s vision is to be a leading umbrella voice of all farmers and farmer organisations in Lesotho, responsive to all their needs in profitable and sustainable agriculture.

Mission. To be a catalyst in the promotion of high national agricultural productivity, by farmers and farmer organisations, through innovative farming techniques and professional services, producing high quality products for both local and international markets.



Main areas/sectors of intervention: Lobby and advocacy, capacity building

Main activities:

Lobbying and advocacy. At the country level, LENAFU is playing a critical role through its advocacy programme:

  • The Government has shown interest in some of the suggestions coming from them;
  • LENAFU is a member of the CAADP Country Team and has contributed to the formulation of the National Agriculture Investment Plan;
  • LENAFU is regularly consulted by the Ministry of Agriculture in view of the preparation of the ministry’s annual budget;
  • The organisation is also lobbying the Ministry to organise annual agriculture shows, to help farmers in developing the marketing of their produce. Besides, it has brokered the attribution by the Ministry of Agriculture to the National Poultry Farmers’ Association of a site for the construction of a poultry abattoir;
  • LENAFU has participated in the development of the Conservation Agriculture (CA) National Strategy and it launched the CA national plan for the period 2012 to 2017 to target efficient and sustainable agriculture production and land management in the farming systems of Lesotho;
  • The organisation is planning to engage with the Minister of Trade and Cooperatives to find ways whereby farmers could benefit from investments in the agriculture sector currently being negotiated with foreign investors (in particular from India and Indonesia).
  • LENAFU has helped the National Wool and Mohair Growers Association in getting certificates of origin for export from the Ministry of Agriculture;
  • LENAFU was able to mobilise FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) resources to the amount of USD 437,000 to support capacity development in the field of agribusiness (see below) and has obtained support from the United Nations Development Programme to develop a project for young farmers.

Capacity building

  • Leadership training for members;
  • Agribusiness training for members;
  • Agribusiness capacitation through workshops and promotion of market networking and exposure activities;
  • Active support of women and youth to participate in agriculture.

Main products of members:  Livestock (Sheep & Goats, cattle, horses); Field crops (Maize, sorghum, beans etc.); Horticulture (Veg. Potatoes, fruits etc.).



Main partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD),Agriterra, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ECONET, IFAD, FAO, Ministries of Agriculture and Food Security and Trade, Industry, Marketing and Cooperatives, the European Union (EU), The Swiss Development Agency (SDC).

Main projects:

  • Strengthening of LENAFU towards a sustainable and member oriented service organization (2014-2015). Under the project, FAO has mandated Agriterra to support LENAFU to strengthen its financial sustainability and its membership base;
  • Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) (2013-2017) (IFAD, EU, SDC, AFD financing), a capacity building programme supporting the institutional development of farmers’ organisations. LENAFU participates in the SFOAP as a member ofSouthern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU);
  • Technical Capacity Building Project (TCP). LENAFU is the first non-state organisation to have core-signed a Technical Capacity Building Project (TCP) with FAO, with the endorsement of the Government. The TCP aims at enhancing the capacities of LENAFU, its national commodity-based associations and the DFUs of two pilot districts (Maseru and Mafeteng) in three areas: (i) institutional development, (ii) agribusiness and access to markets, and (iii) awareness, information and negotiation;
  • Electronic Farmer Registration Project piloted by LENAFU and the Swaziland National Agriculture union, supported by SACAU in partnership with Agricord.


Membership in other organisations: LENAFU is a member of SACAU.



  • AgriCord,, profile of LENAFU, Available here.
  • IFAD, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase, 2013, Available here.


Last update: May 2017