The establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) was approved in 1977. However, the actual machinery for its creation was put in place in July 1990, with the first intake of students for undergraduate programmes taking place in August, 1991.
Over the years, the Faculty of Agriculture has pursued the mandate of producing graduates and serving as a catalyst for change. With regard to the production of graduates, the focus has been on turning out individuals who are able to:
- Effectively engage in agricultural production, research, education and extension services that yield relevant solutions to agricultural and rural development problems and improve agricultural productivity;
- Profitably put acquired knowledge and skills into operation by establishing and managing their own farms and other agro-allied enterprises that would provide employment for others;
- Undertake postgraduate training anywhere in the world to be better equipped to serve national and international agricultural needs.
The catalytic mandate underscores the role of the Faculty as an effective instrument for the implementation of policies of the government in all areas of agriculture, consumer sciences and other facets of the economy, thus contributing effectively towards overall national development. This mandate has been fulfilled through teaching, research, community engagement and consultancy service provision, and through staff involvement in the activities of various government organs and institutions in line with the National Strategic Development Plan (2012/13 ‚ 2016/17) and other relevant policies and provisions.
To effectively engage in agricultural production, research, education and extension services that would provide relevant and appropriate solutions to agricultural and development problems and improve agricultural productivity and better nutrition in the nation and beyond.
To engage in high quality teaching, agribusiness and research by developing a curriculum which lays strong emphasis on agricultural production, coupled with agribusiness and management.