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Working Paper 206 - Growth and Distributional Impact of Agriculture, Textiles and Mining Sectors in Lesotho


Accelerating economic growth and poverty reduction are and continue to be the critical policy challenges in Lesotho. The sluggish growth in agriculture, uncertainty surrounding textile and diamonds as drivers of Lesotho’s economic growth raise debates over the relevant direction and emphasis of development interventions in the country. Other concerns are in connection with the relevance of these sectors. This stems from their ability to attain high and inclusive growth which is the country’s development objective. Over the last two decades, the Lesotho economy has attained robust economic growth spearheaded by the leading sectors:- agriculture, textile and mining at different times. However, there have been growing concerns that high economic growth has not been inclusive enough.

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