Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2003
DTIS update 2012
WTO accession 1995

EIF is working with the Government of Lesotho to strengthen the country's integration into the world trade environment.

Trade is now a key element of Lesotho's Poverty Reduction Strategy, and the country has elevated its competitiveness and productive capacity, and diversified its exports. With local stakeholders and development partners, EIF provided targeted strategic support in the agricultural sector with strong emphasis on improved value chains and quality standards.

MOU 25/03/10
Budget 1'474'000
End date 31/12/17

EIF worked to strengthen Lesotho's integration into global trade networks, complementing the implementation of the country's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Efforts focused on coordination of activities, particularly related to trade mainstreaming and donors.


  • Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update Action Matrix and Medium‑term Programme Implementation Concept Note completed, proposing a specific sequence of priorities while taking into account institutional and resource constraints.
  • A comparative review of EIF‑assisted countries with similar characteristics as Lesotho but with higher Aid for Trade inflows (Lao PDR and Tanzania) completed with applicable recommendations on improving current trade policy and institutional frameworks.
MOU 17/01/13
Budget 2'735'685
End date 31/03/18

EIF is working to strengthen the capacity of smallholder producers to commercialize and diversify their production of fresh fruit and vegetables. The work targets farmer groups, youth, women and individual smallholders who have basic resources and motivation. Since June 2015, activities have been progressively reoriented away from the productive end with greenhouses to addressing trade development, i.e. domestic and international markets.


  • 572 farmers trained on greenhouse‑protected farming production and plant care.
  • 85 greenhouse technology packages installed. 
  • Harvesting of spinach, lettuce, cabbage and kale from greenhouses and hail nets began in March 2015, and the produce was sold to hotels, schools, supermarkets and communities.
  • 18 trainers and advisors trained in proper packaging and labelling.
  • Market centre for agro products established to link cooperatives with domestic and international markets, and serve as a point for collection, packaging and distribution of fresh produce from greenhouses, as well as mushrooms produced in the country.
  • Market centre functioning as an intermediary to assist farmers with the banking sector, which is particularly important as access to credit is a constraint for many SMEs.
  • Integrated Framework for Least Developed Countries: Glimpses from Comoros, Lesotho, Maldvies and Vanuatu (2011)

  • Lesotho Action Matrix (2003)

  • Lesotho Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) (2003)

  • Kingdom of Lesotho: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2012)

  • Lesotho Country Profile (2011)

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  • Lesotho Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Update (2012)


Phera Clifford LEPATI
Chief Economic Planner and EIF Coordinator Planning Unit Ministry of Trade and Industry Maseru

Soaile Mochaba
Principal Secretary and EIF Focal Point, Lesotho

Simon Hess
Country Coordinator

Regional Portfolio Manager in Nairobi EIF-TFM Office