making the carbon market work for poor communities
||+266 - 22312562
||P.O. Box 15483, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
||120 Constitutional Road Maseru, Lesotho
||Southern Mountains Association for Rural Transformation and Development (SMARTD) is an Ecumenical Community-based organization in the southern mountains of Lesotho, Ha Sekake, in the Qachasnek district. Our primary mandate is to facilitate efforts of rural communities by encouraging integrated community development initiatives that will alleviate poverty.
||The core strength of our organization is to improve the standard of living of the rural communities through transformative development activities that emphases indigenous knowledge of the environment and advancement of climate change resilient and mitigation. Our scope of concentration include:
Organic farming; natural resource management; human nutrition education; income generation; food security; livestock production and climate change mitigation programmes.
||SMARTD covers 40 km radius in the south - eastern part of Lesotho in Qachasnek, Mohaleshoek , and Quthing ditricts. The area is called Senqu River valley. It poses great challenge to our organization in that the once fertile land has depleted due to overgrazing and high stock density. Most of the lands are left bare and rocky due to high levels of erosion. The area is surrounded by mountain ranges high above 2000 m asl.