About Us

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Golden wheat field

Our Introduction

The ARDA Story

The Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) is a parastatal under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development that was established through the ARDA Act (Chapter 18:01) of 1982. In line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) and pursuant to Vision 2030, ARDA is driven by a new thrust to achieve National Food, Feed, Fibre, BioFuels and Seed Security.


The Agricultural and Rural Development Authority’s mandate is to spearhead rural development and industrialisation through the deployment of technology and smart agricultural practices across Zimbabwe. ARDA is on a robust transformational trajectory that is set to establish its foothold as a major player in the agriculture industry value chain, besides being an employer of choice for talent attraction and retention in the agriculture and agro-industry space. Our main focus is to guarantee national food, feed, fibre, biofuels and seed security through the sustainable management and resuscitation of our Estates and irrigation scheme businesses dotted around the country thereby making Zimbabwe an equitable and inclusive society.

In order to effectively deliver on its new mandate ARDA has established the following critical departments as it gears up to significantly contribute to the country’s economic growth: –

  • Rural Development and Industrialization;
  • Agriculture and Agro-Industry Development;
  • Commercial Services; 
  • Corporate Services

Our Team

Our Leadership

Tinotenda Mhiko

Chief Executive Officer

Target Shumba

Director Legal & Corporate Services

Dominic Sadziwa

Director Commercial Services

Maurice Mukombami

Director Agriculture & Agro-Industry Development

Shingirai Jenah

Director Rural Development and Industrialization

Rwafa Rwafa

General Manager
ARDA Seeds

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