Machobane Agricultural Development Foundation

We train farmers in the Machobane Farming System  philosophy of self reliance, self sufficiency & social support.

Who are we?

MADF provides training to farmers mainly and to those who would like to apply the principles and techniques of Machobane Farming System (MFS) in their farming strategy. As the custodian of the MFS that was developed in the 1940s and labeled the perennial, rotative, intercropping system of the most intensive order; or Mantša Tlala (drive out hunger) as it was known then; we continue to lead in implementing MFS practices, improving and refining its application so that the system is unconditionally successful in responding effectively to current challenges, needs, issues of the Lesotho farming community even under the impact of climate change.

MFS is more than a cropping system. It is holistic in approach and involves a triangular relationship between agricultural production practices, social and family factors and spiritual factors. In its origins, it built on Basotho values, practices and culture. The cropping element is categorized as a low external input, multiple crops and environmentally sound organic farming technology that ensures provision of food all year. It addresses the generally poor farming soil conditions; while skillfully utilizing the calendar year by matching various crops with the appropriate growing periods/ windows to ensure food security. To this cropping base, animal husbandry, conservation of the natural resource base including seed sources/ gene pool, the philosophy of self-reliance and a plan for mass education are integrated.

“Ntlafatsa motho pele, motho a ntlafatse naha” – “First develop man and man will develop the land”

Our History

The Machobane Agricultural Development Foundation was founded on February 21st 1992 and became operational in 1997 to promote the farming and educational innovations developed in Lesotho, Africa by Dr. James J. Machobane.

In the 1940s when Dr. Machobane was already a well – known author of the first historical novels written in Sesotho, he returned to his home village in Leribe district to begin 13 years of agricultural experimentation and research. His goal was to “drive out hunger” from his country.

Dr James Jacob Machobane


′Mè Letlamoreng Mosenene


Dr Lepoqo Stephen Ralitšoele


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