The Authority’s mandate is given in the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) Act Chapter 18:01, Section 18 subsection 2(a) - (d), quote,

a)   To plan, coordinate, implement, promote and assist agricultural development in Zimbabwe;


b)   To prepare and with the agreement of the Minister, to implement schemes for the betterment of agriculture in any part of Zimbabwe;


c)   To plan, promote, co-ordinate and carry out schemes for the development, exploitation, utilization, settlement or disposition of State land; and


d)   Any other functions and duties which may be imposed upon the Authority by an enactment of Parliament