EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: King of Lesotho His Majesty Letsie III has arrived in The Gambia as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Special Ambassador for Nutrition for a three-day visit to highlight the link between nutrition and agriculture.
He was received at the airport by President Adama Barrow. During his visit, King Letsie will meet with President Barrow at State House on Tuesday and other high-ranking officials to discuss progress made on national nutrition programmes.
He is also expected to visit FAO intervention projects in CRR South including Njoben Vegetable Garden and Jahally Pacharr.
King Letsie was appointed as FAO’s Special Ambassador for Nutrition by the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva in December 2016 at the high-level International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition (1-2 December). The symposium was held to explore country-level challenges and successes in the nutritional reshaping of food production, processing, marketing and retail systems.
Malnutrition – including obesity and micronutrient deficiencies – blights the lives of billions of individuals and can trap generations in a vicious cycle of poverty.
King Letsie III (born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso) was born on 17 July 1963. He is the current King of Lesotho. He succeeded his father, Moshoeshoe II, when the latter was forced into exile in 1990. His father was briefly restored in 1995 but soon died in a car crash in early 1996, and Letsie became king again. As a constitutional monarch, most of King Letsie’s duties as monarch of Lesotho are ceremonial. In 2000, he declared HIV/AIDS in Lesotho to be a natural disaster, prompting immediate national and international response to the epidemic.
He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College. From there he went on to study at the National University of Lesothowhere he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law. He then went on to study at the University of Bristol (Diploma in English Legal Studies, 1986), Wolfson College, Cambridge (Development Studies, 1989), and Wye College (Agricultural Economics). He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho.
He was installed as the Principal Chief of Matsieng on 16 December 1989.
His coronation took place on 31 October 1997 at Setsoto Stadium. Charles, Prince of Wales attended the ceremony.