Wool and Mohair are the two largest agriculture commodities exported by Lesotho, and their production, harvesting and sale support at least 45000 households per year, and thus builds a livelihood for more than 160000 people (25% of the Lesotho rural population). In a context of changing global market demand, certification is a key priority. To allow traceability the value chains require digitalisation and sound protocols. To allow for this Wool and Mohair Value Chain Competitiveness Project (WaMCoP) will support the introduction of the responsible fibre standards, and support farmers to digitise.
WaMCoP consists of two technical components and one project management related component:
Component 1: Support to building Value Chain (VC) systems. It supports the establishing and up-grading of the systems enabling the VCs to thrive. Specifically, this component will support government and VC players to improve sector governance, regulation, and compliance with responsible certification by establishing national systems, guidelines, and regulations.
Component 2: Climate smart VC operation and coordination. It builds on the foundations established under component 1 and will support the operation and improvement of these locally grounded VC systems, leading them to self-sustainable levels beyond the life cycle of the project.
Component 3: Project Management. It focuses on communication for behaviour change and monitoring for learning and another on project coordination will underpin the day-to day operations of the project and its scaling-up pathways.