Growing Nations
Transformation through Sustainable Agriculture
Transformation through sustainable agriculture


Growing Nations works closely with and is supported by many organisations across the world.

Details of these organisations and how they partner with us can be found below:

Kereke ea Evangeli Lesotho (KEL) or Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA)

Growing Nations is a project of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA).  The church has supported Rev. August Basson in the development of the Growing Nations Conservation Agriculture project.  August was responsible for the LECSA church in Tebellong between 1993 & 2008 and started teaching Conservation Agriculture to his parishioners there in 2002. In 2008 the LECSA recognised the importance of the agricultural work being carried out by August and asked him to relocate to Maphutseng, near Mohale's Hoek to develop the work further as Growing Nations.  The land and buildings are owned by the LECSA but are leased to Growing Nations and Growing Nations have been involved in the training of LECSA Pastors across Lesotho..

Africa Inland Mission (AIM)

Africa Inland Mission are the sending missionary organisation that August and Anita Basson came to Lesotho with in 1993. They continue to serve with AIM in Lesotho and much of their support is provided through the organisation. August is the current AIM Unit Leader in Lesotho.

AIM are supporters of the Growing Nations Project and Barry & Heather Mann, current Growing Nations volunteers and trustees, are also currently serving with them in Lesotho.  In addition, many other long & short term AIM missionaries come to Growing Nations to learn about Farming God's Way before serving & training in countries across Africa.

AIM also support Growing Nations through the provision of short term volunteers who have specific skills and expertise which can be passed on to the Growing Nations team.

Farming God's Way (FGW)

August Basson is part of the Farming God's Way stewardship team, working with Grant Drydon, Carl Schmidt & Wilhelem Els to help increase food security and reduce soil erosion across Africa. Farming God's Way are currently in the process of translating their FGW manual into Sesotho for use by trainers and farmers.

Lesotho Museum & Archives, Morija

Stephen Gill, curator of the LECSA Museums Department in Morija has been assisting Growing Nations with the sympathetic restoration of the historic buildings at Maphutseng which include some of the oldest missionary buildings in Lesotho.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) work alongside Growing Nations sourcing personnel and funding sources for the project. They have also developing a working relationship mutually looking for solutions to poverty and food insecurity. The MCC also aim to help transform communities through sustainable agriculture.

MCC, in association with Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB)  are currently funding the Growing Nations Resident Student Program and the Extension work & in the past MCC have also provided several short termers to work with Growing Nations as part of their SALT program.

National University of Lesotho (NUL)

The National University of Lesotho have been working closely with Growing Nations, carrying out research and field trials at Maphutseng with Growing Nations providing the labour and fields.

Stellenbosch Dutch Reformed Church

Stellenbosch DRC are August and Anita Basson's sending church and provide personal funding for them as a family and support for the Growing Nations project in many practical ways.

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations previously funded Growing Nations work in Tebellong and have been working with them to increase the awareness of Conservation Agriculture and building a network of partners.  They, along with Growing Nations and others are members of the National CA Task Force (NCATF) in Lesotho.

University of Tennessee, USA

Drs. Neal Eash and Forbes Walker, soil scientists from the University of Tennessee are passionate about Growing Nations work in Lesotho. They have been working with Growing Nations since 2007, carrying out research at Growing Nations Demonstration Farm in Maphutseng and prior to that in Tebellong.  They have also provided fundamental agronomic support to Growing Nations including fertilizer rate and yield studies in maize, cover crop species selection, weed management, and carbon sequestration monitoring to determine rates of carbon loss/gain to soils managed under conservation agriculture.

University of the Free State, South Africa (UFS)

Dr’s Pieter Le Roux (soil science) and Doreen Atkinson (center of development support) are the supervisors of Jaap Knot’s PhD research about the adoption of Conservation Agriculture in the Free State and Lesotho. The research is part of a joint multi-disciplinary research into 6 strategic clusters with Jaap’s research bridging 2 of them, agriculture in semi-arid regions and sustainable rural development. UFS offered Jaap a bursary for 3-4 years and further co-research possibilities are available for MsC or other PhD students.

Winchester Baptist Church, UK

The Basson family are one of three main missionaries sponsored by Winchester Baptist Church in the UK, providing support on many levels, financially, spiritually and practically. The Church has organised several visits to Lesotho to help with various projects, and most recently providing the capital for the building of their new home in Maphutseng.

WBC is the home church of Barry & Heather Mann who are currently serving with Africa Inland Mission and Growing Nations in Lesotho.

Barry Mann Photography

Barry Mann Photography has been supporting the work of August and Anita Basson and Growing Nations since 2005. Regular visits to Lesotho have been made to provide a pictoral record of the Conservation Agriculture work and more recently the development at Maphutseng, with images being used in articles about the project, in agricultural training material and on the website.

Barry is a member of Winchester Baptist Church and also acts as the co-ordinator for the project in the UK, compiling and distributing regular updates to the English speaking supporters around the world and has developed the Growing Nations website.

To view Barry Mann's images of Lesotho, please click on the following link: Barry Mann Photography - Lesotho images

Other Supporting Organisations:

Umhlanga Church, KZN, SA

Welgemoud Dutch Reformed Church, Cape Town, SA

Grabouw Dutch Reformed Church, Grabouw, SA

Princetown Dutch Reformed Church, Princetown, SA

Margate Baptist Church, KZN, SA


Organisations we have worked with historically:

United Nations - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development have historically provided financial support for the agricultural training program at Maphutseng between July 2009 & July 2011.  This funding stopped due to changes in the way that IFAD provided funding to Lesotho in 2011.

United Nations - World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme share the heartache of hungry people across the world and have been working closely with Growing Nations to identify ways of solving the problem in Lesotho. When based at Tebellong, Growing Nations supplied WFP with surplus maize grown by Conservation Agriculture farmers in Tebellong and Maphutseng. In 2008 this amounted to 30 tonnes of maize which was used to provide school meals to children as part of the UN's emergency food aid in Lesotho.