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Agricultural Research Council


The ARC has a vision of an efficient, productive, competitive and sustainable agricultural sector in Zimbabwe.


The mission of the ARC is to facilitate, coordinate, promote and review agricultural research and development in response to client, environmental and future needs of the agricultural sector. This will be achieved through stakeholder-based participatory problem and solution identification in collaboration with carefully selected, capable and innovative scientific and developmental personnel drawn from all sectors of the economy.

In serving its stakeholders ARC will undertake to:
  • Organise Provincial Committee meetings every quarter
  • Organise Council meetings bi-monthly
  • Organise Commodity Committee meetings quarterly
  • Organise stakeholder consultations
  • Organise annual provincial planning and review workshops
  • Collate, synthesise, and distribute information to stakeholders and interested parties in a timely fashion
  • Facilitate problem identification and prioritisation by farmers every three years.
  • Facilitate formulation and implementation of relevant research and development programmes by both local and international scientists and development agents
  • Monitor and evaluate the adequacy of national agricultural research and coordinate research and development activities in selected strategic areas
  • Facilitate interfacing and accountability among farmers, scientists, extension services, change agents, donors, marketers, industrialists, consumers and policy makers.
  • Mobilise additional resources in support of the National Agricultural Research System
  • Manage all resources efficiently for programme implementation

Roles of ARC

The Agricultural Research Council of Zimbabwe is a statutory body set up by the Agricultural Research Act (Chapter 18:05) and has the following roles and functions:
  1. to keep under review agricultural research in Zimbabwe, with particular attention to the adequacy of such research for the needs of Zimbabwe;
  2. to promote all aspects of agricultural research, and to ensure maximum co-ordination between persons or authorities who are undertaking or about to undertake any form of agricultural research;
  3. with the approval of the Minister, to carry out agricultural research
The Council, in realisation of the need to interface research and development, has taken the responsibility to facilitate the implementation of developmental activities related to or emanating from research outputs generated within the framework as outlined above.

Co-Values and Principles

The following values and principles guide the operations of ARC:

CommitmentARC is driven by the desire to serve all farmers including the poor and marginalized communities.
People centered developmentARC carries out interventions that are informed by the needs and aspirations of the people that it serves and works with.
Community OwnershipARC designs, implements, and evaluates its work in a way that enables the community to participate meaningfully and to exercise ownership of the process and results.
SustainabilityARC conducts interventions that have potential for continuity and that take into account the needs and opportunities of future generations.
Synergy and PartnershipsARC enters into strategic and productive relationships with other development actors who share its values and vision in order to enhance its capacity to create impact.
Indigenous KnowledgeARC acknowledges and respects the role of indigenous knowledge in enhancing the livelihoods of all including the poor and marginalized communities.
Equity, Equality and Social JusticeARC observes fairness, justice, equality, and equity in all its interventions, especially between men and women, the powerful and the powerless..
Non-partisanARC strives to improve the situation of the agricultural sector without discrimination as regards size of enterprise, race, color, religion, beliefs, and political opinions.
Gender Equity and EqualityARC incorporates gender consideration into all its programmes in order to improve the livelihoods of all including the poor and the marginalized communities.
ProfessionalismARC always strives to maintain high standards in the pursuit of its mission, applying relevant knowledge systems and technologies
IntegrityARC is open, honest and fair. It respects others and keeps its commitments. It has no hidden agenda. It bases its decisions on facts to the best of its knowledge. ARC holds itself accountable for adhering to these principles and expects and encourages others to hold it accountable too.
Transparency and AccountabilityARC is open and accountable to the communities it serves, the funding partners that support it and to itself and conducts its business in a transparent and responsible manner.
ExcellenceARC strives for excellence in everything it does. It continually seeks ways to improve its performance and constantly assesses itself and learns what it needs to master in a given situation and prevailing opportunities, not just react to it. ARC learns from its mistakes and successes and uses that knowledge to help improve the organization.
ImpactThe impact of our work is reflected in positive changes in communities that we serve. We strive to ensure that our work at policy and practical levels transforms the livelihoods of all including the poor and marginalized, especially in terms of food security.
FANRPAN country node contact
Dr Isaiah Mharapara
Tel: +263 4 309574 / 309913
Fax: +263 4 309498
Name of hosting institution: University of Zimbabwe
Categorization of node hosting: University
Physical Address: 79 Harare Drive, Marlborough, Harare

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