Zimbabwe Farmers Union
The leading farmer representative body in Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) is the largest farmers’ interest organization in Zimbabwe and it represents over a million farming households. The Union draws its membership from the following sub sectors; communal, resettlement, small-scale commercial, peri-urban plot holders, A1; A2 and large-scale commercial farmers. Individuals voluntarily join the organization. Zimbabwe Farmers Union was born on August 19, 1991 following the merger of the Zimbabwe National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and National Farmers’ Association of Zimbabwe (NFAZ). ZNFU was formed back in the mid-thirties as the then Bantu Farmers Union (BFU). It was later renamed African Farmers Union (AFU) in 1941 and then Zimbabwe National Farmers Union in 1980. NFAZ was formed in 1981 emerging from the Master Farmers Association which had existed in the then Victoria province (Masvingo) since the 1960s.
The Union is hierarchically organised where clubs are formed at the local levels and representative structures rise from area, district, and provincial up to the national levels. Small-scale commercial farmers, large-scale commercial farmers and plot holders join local ZFU associations, whilst farmers in communal and resettlement areas join local clubs. The ZFU’s District Council represents the interests of the associations and area councils of each district. The ZFU’s provincial councils represent all districts and the national council is formed out of the provincial councils. Hierarchically structured under the same manner, are the ZFU’s sub wings consisting of women, youths and commodity associations. These are represented in the respective councils at all levels.
- Formation Of Functional And Viable Groups And Commodity Associations
- Facilitation Of:
Acquisition Of Inputs At Lower Costs
Selling Of Produce At Higher Prices
Speaking With A Stronger Voice
- ZFU As A Brand In Farmer Representation
- Bargaining Power
- Lobbying And Advocacy
- Provision Of Information And Technical Expertise Through Provision Of:
- Fact Sheets
For The Purpose Of:
- Decision Making
- Accessing Credit Facilities
- Provision Of Training And Education
- Technical Agriculture Knowledge And Skills
- Use Of Study Circle Methodology
- Leadership Development
- Gender/ Environment/ HIV And AIDS Mainstreaming
- To Promote Sustainable Development
- Empowerment Of Youth And Women To Facilitate Inclusive Decision Making
- Lobbying and advocacy on behalf of members on agricultural issues
What services are provided to Exporters?
The Zimbabwe Farmers Union is actively involved in initiatives that seek to build up exporters of various agricultural commodities. Most of the services offered by the organization are centered on capacity building which entails training producers especially on best practices to ensure a good quality product is marketed at the end of the day.
In addition, there are efforts to foster linkages with potential off-takers of the produce. Market linkage facilitation is one critical role the Union plays.
Head Office, No 5 Van Praagh, Milton Park, Harare
Tel: + 263 771564554-5
- Annual Congress
- Youth Agripreneurship Summit
- Project Launches
- Round Table Discussions – Agric-talks
- Field days and shows
- Seminars and workshops
- Dialogues and Symposiums on selected agricultural topical issues