Rural Self-Help Development Association (RSDA)
Registered in Lesotho as a non-government organisation since 1991, Rural Self-Help Development Association (RSDA) exists to eradicate extreme hunger and improve the lives of rural Basotho by supporting sustainable agriculture, facilitating self-help and enabling rural communities to become sustainable.
RSDA works with eight dairy associations and over 50 small-scale farming groups organised into federations in Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek districts.
Their work also reaches out to schools and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), supporting groups in these two districts, as well as nine Lesotho Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (LENEPWHA) support groups in Berea district.
RSDA offers technical support to these communities through its experienced, rural-based project staff. They do this thanks to the generous support of the research, crops and livestock departments of the Lesotho Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and various international partner agencies. RSDA’s current and most recent international partners include:
■ Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
■ Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)
■ Danish-Lesotho Network (DLN)
■ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
■ Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART), Zambia
■ Global Environment Facility (GEF)
■ Southern African HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)
■ Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
■ United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
■ Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
■ Irish Aid
■ ActionAid Lesotho (AAL)
A Lesotho where every person’s right to quality food is assured.
RSDA exists to be a leading agricultural advisory services agency that supports farmers in Lesotho by providing services, capacity building and advocacy support for sustainable climate smart agriculture, value addition and marketing of farmer’s products. RSDA enhances livelihoods and builds climate resilient Basotho communities by helping people to help themselves, working collaboratively and in partnership with other stakeholders.
RSDA Core Values
The core values of RSDA are non-negotiable. They are instrumental to the attainment of our mission and vision. They are as follows:
They are open, honest and consistent in all our dealings and conduct business in an ethical manner.
They are accountable for our actions.
Relationships with farmers is the cornerstone one of their business and sustaining these relationships is critical to their success and theirs. They always attempt to provide the best service to their farmers and seek feedback to allow for constant improvement.
They develop and maintain close working relationships with strategic partners with the aim to develop symbiotic partnerships.
They develop a culture of working together as a team and they support each other while exhibiting a high level of tolerance in their internal dealings.
Innovation & creativity
They consistently look for better and innovative ways of doing things.
Strategic Goals and Objectives
To achieve the Vision and Mission of RSDA, the following strategic goals have been identified to guide RSDA work for 2013-2017. To deliver on these strategic goals detailed objectives have been developed relating to each area. These objectives provide structure for strategic decision making and allocation/distribution of RSDA resources and activities for 2013-2017.See more