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Title:The National Farmers' Association of Zimbabwe: Its Structure, Functions, and Advocacy Efforts
Author:Makumbe, John M.ISNI
Periodical:African Rural and Urban Studies
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:farmers' associations
agricultural policy
communal lands
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:This paper discusses one of the agricultural policy actors in Zimbabwe, the National Farmers' Association of Zimbabwe (NFAZ) and analyses its contribution to agricultural and national development. Founded in 1980, the NFAZ sought to represent the interests of communal farmers throughout the country. In this paper, the structure, functions and policy advocacy efforts of the NFAZ are analysed in order to determine its success or failure as a farmers' organization. The study examines key questions about the relationship between the NFAZ's social composition, its political economic base, and its role in agricultural policymaking. The study also identifies selected policy issues that the NFAZ has sought to influence and determines the level of success it has achieved. Finally, the study assesses the effectiveness of the policy advocacy and management strategies utilized by the NFAZ. It concludes that, representing only low-income peasant farmers, the resource constraints confronting the NFAZ have led it to rely heavily on resources from some NGOs and from the Zimbabwean government. This has had negative implications for its organizational autonomy and democratic accountability. However, the grassroots nature of the NFAZ has given it a significant advantage in dealing with the ruling party. Bibliogr., notes, ref.