Climate variability and climate risk as experienced by Lesotho’s rural agriculturebased communities is increasingly impacting on their ability to live off the land. A
very high proportion of the rural population are subsistence or smallholder farmers.  In recent years, the impacts of increasing climate variability appear to be
progressively worsening, one of the manifestations of global climate change.

This Baseline Report forms part of a larger Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) between the FAO and the Government of Lesotho, aimed at addressing climate change risks to vulnerable farming and rural communities through strengthening of technical and institutional capacity, and evaluating and prioritizing best practices.