Chipata District Farmers’ Association [CDFA] is an independent, membership-based and democratically organized association belonging to the farmers of Chipata District. The origins of CDFA can be traced back to the early 19th century when the settler farmers living in Chipata district came together to form a farmers union, aimed at unifying their voices to better address their common concerns of tobacco trading. This was in 1905. Before independence the union was called Rhodesia National Farmers Union. After Independence the name changed to Commercial Farmers’ Bureau but by 1992 the name had become misleading since even small scale farmers were joining and enjoying the same benefits. The bureau later became the Zambia National Farmers Union {ZNFU} to which CDFA is an affiliate.

CDFA became more active and focal in 2004 with many small scale farmers becoming members. The Association was officially incorporated and registered with the Registrar of Societies in 2005 as an independent District Farmers Association under registration certificate number, ORS/102/623.


A self-sustaining farming community with secure livelihoods.

Mission Statement

To Unit, Protect and Empower small scale farmers to lobby and advocate for pro-poor policies that promote secure livelihoods, poverty eradication and development.


To facilitate and provide information that will contribute to poverty reduction, wealth creation and improved health, good governance and democracy.


  • CDFA Farmers Trained in Vegetable Production CDFA small scale vegetable farmers underwent  extensive training in vegetable productio under CLUSA Project - Farmer to Farmer. Farmers were en phasized to use compost manure and to take thier soils ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2012, 1:56 AM by Chipata Farmers

  • Posted Jul 27, 2012, 5:35 AM by Chipata Farmers
  • Two South African companies to start Buying Maize in Chipata through CDFA
    Posted Jul 27, 2012, 5:35 AM by Chipata Farmers
  • Chipata Farmers to Petition Council over Social Auditing From Chipata Post Newspaper - Some Stckeholders in Chipata have resolved to petition the municipal council over its decision to shun Chipata District Farmers Association's budget tracking project meetings.  Please ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2012, 5:00 PM by Chipata Farmers
  • Cotton Price Eustina Cotton Company will start buying cotton from farmers at 1,800 ZMK for commercial seed cotton and 2,000 ZMK for basic seed cotton, starting July 17, 2012.
    Posted Jul 16, 2012, 6:19 AM by Chipata Farmers
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Task Force Meeting CDFA Offices January 23, 2013 9:00hrs 
Consultative Meeting CDFA Offices January 16, 2013 9:00 
CDFA Executive Board Meeting CDFA Offices October 30, 2012 9:00 - 16:00 
Annual General Meeting (AGM) Wildlife Society Hall September 27, 2012 9:00 - 16:00 
Community Meeting - Social Auditing Mboza Ward September 17, 2012 10:00 - 14:00 
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