Sentebale Signs Agreement to Join Regeneration of Landscape and Livelihoods (ROLL) Project in Lesotho

Maseru, Lesotho, January 22, 2024 – In a significant stride for Sentebale to join the multi-sectoral effort towards environmental and socio-economic advancement in Lesotho, the Sentebale Lesotho Country Director Ntoli Moletsane sealed a pivotal three-year agreement with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment and other funding partners on January 22, 2024.

The agreement marks Sentebale’s formal role as an implementing partner in the Regeneration of Landscapes and Livelihoods (ROLL) project, an ambitious initiative spearheaded by the Government of Lesotho in collaboration with various ministries and development partners, with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ROLL aims to enhance the environmental and socio-economic conditions of selected rural landscapes across Lesotho.

At its core, ROLL seeks to foster transformative practices among rural communities, promoting regenerated landscapes and sustainable livelihoods that bolster nutrition and resilience to climate change. The project’s objectives encompass pivotal outcomes such as changed resource use practices, the mitigation of environmental degradation, improved livelihoods, and the establishment of a sustainable framework for landscape regeneration beyond the project’s lifespan by directly involving all land use stakeholders.

Recognising the importance of robust regulatory and policy frameworks in shaping environmental management and landscape restoration, ROLL will collaborate closely with governmental bodies and donor organisations and keep communities of the selected implementation locales at the heart of programme design and activity.

The project will span six districts in Lesotho, namely Berea, Leribe, Butha-Buthe, Thaba-Tseka, Qacha’s Nek, and Quthing, targeting 16 sub-catchments and 20 landscape units encompassing approximately 1,000 villages.

Sentebale, in partnership with the South African-based Avocado Vision, emerged as the selected ROLL service provider through a competitive bidding process. The collaboration aligns seamlessly with Sentebale Lesotho’s strategic objective of “Nurturing Communities,” enhancing the organisation’s capacity to deliver vital services to vulnerable community members using the most available natural resource; land.

Speaking during the signing ceremony on the significance of the partnership, the Sentebale Country Director Ms Moletsane emphasized the organisation’s commitment to driving positive change and fostering sustainable development in Lesotho.

“We look forward to joining hands with everyone involved to see this project to fruition and ensure that we leave a country in a state that we can all be proud of for our children,” added Ms Moletsane.

The Ministry of Forestry and Environment’s Principal Secretary Ms ‘Maphakamile Xingwana expressed optimism about the collaboration, highlighting its potential to catalyse impactful transformation. Ms Xingwana emphasised on the project’s focus for sustainability, saying that the country has seen many good projects before that weren’t kept going beyond the implementation phases.

“For a long time now, we’ve had projects running, but at the end of the day we have nothing to show for it,” Ms Xingwana expressed during the signing ceremony overseen by Minister Letsema Adontsi at the ministry’s headquarters in Maseru.

The signing of the agreement signals a step forward in Lesotho’s journey towards environmental sustainability and inclusive growth, underscoring the power of collaborative efforts in addressing pressing socio-economic and environmental challenges.

Sentebale executives gather with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment
Sentebale executives gather with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment

Sentebale executives gather with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment in Lesotho, along with other development and funding partners, to sign the implementation agreement for the Regeneration of Landscape and Livelihoods programme (ROLL)