The CFU and its predecessors have been serving farmers in Zimbabwe for over 100 years. As early as 1892, the Rhodesian Farmers’ and Landowners’ Association (RFLA) was formed by new settler farmers who saw value in an organised body to represent and advance their interests. By the 1920s the large scale commercial agricultural sector had grown in the country to such and extent that it was represented by two main provincial bodies, namely the Matabeleland Farmers’ Association and the Rhodesian Agricultural Union based in Mashonaland. By 1943 it was evident to Farmers that there was a need for one national body to represent the interests of commercial agriculture, and as a consequence, the Matabeleland Farmers’ Association and the Rhodesian Agricultural Union merged to form the Rhodesian National Farmers’ Union (RNFU). At independence in 1980 the RNFU changed its name to the Commercial Farmers’ Union of Zimbabwe (CFU). Today, the CFU continues to explore ways of empowering farmers and thereby seeks to ensure the success of Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.