LESIS provides soil maps and related information systems and constitutes the basis for assessing soil quality over time. LESIS further advocates for organized and systematic survey and monitoring of soils in Lesotho with accurate and up-to-date soil information using state of the art methods and tools of digital soil mapping.

Soil information is essential for promoting sustainable and climate resilient agriculture. Different soil characteristics such as chemical properties (soil nutrient content and soil organic matter content) are fundamental for developing sustainable soil fertility policies and actions. Physical soil properties such texture, structure and depth are essential for planning and implementing sustainable land and water management practices. Understanding spatial differences in soil organic carbon content is very important for developing policies and strategies regarding climate change adaptation and mitigation.

LESIS assists stakeholders including government institutions, academia and the farming community to:

  • Provide essential and valuable information to scientists, researchers and policy makers.
  • Improve soil management at farm level.
  • Implement adaptive measures in agriculture for mitigation of the negative effects of climate change,
  • Identify and quantify various threats and pressures on soil.