Growing Nations works closely with and is supported by many organisations across the world.
Details of these organisations and how they support us can be found below:
Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC)
The Lesotho Evengelical Church has supported Rev. August Basson in the development of the Growing Nations Conservation Agriculture project. August was, until recently responsible for the LEC church in Tebellong. In 2008 the LEC recognised the importance of the agricultural work being carried out by Growing Nations and they were key in the move to a new base in Maphutseng, leasing the land to the project and releasing August to focus on the development of Growing Nations.
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.
United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations have been funding Growing Nations work in Tebellong and have been working with Growing Nations to increase the awareness of Conservation Agriculture and building a network of partners.
United Nations - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development have been providing financial support for the agricultural training program at Maphutseng since July 2009.
African 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. AIM also support Growing Nations through the provision of short term volunteers.
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.
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.
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. For the past several years they have 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)
Drís Pieter Le Roux (soil science) and Doreen Atkinson (center of development support) are the supervisors of Jaap Knotís 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 Jaapís 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.
Stellenbosch Dutch Reformed Church
Stellenbosch 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.
Umhlanga Church, KZN
Welgemoud Dutch Reformed Church, Cape Town
Grabouw Dutch Reformed Church, Grabouw
Princetown Dutch Reformed Church, Princetown
Margate Baptist Church, KZN
Winchester Baptist Church, UK
The Basson family are one of three 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.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
The Mennonite Central Committee 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 aim to help transfor communities through sustainable agriculture.
LEC Museums Department
Stephen Gill, curator of the LEC Museums Department in Morija has been assisting Growing Nations with the sympathetic restoration of the historic buildings at Maphutseng which are some of the oldest missionary buildings 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