The Centre, in line with its special interest in the area of developmental law, continues to provide research and advisory services to its clients in both private and public sectors as highlighted below.
The Centre, on behalf of its public sector client Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MoAMID), has led the review of Zimbabwe’s agricultural laws on: Animal Health; Farm Feeds and Remedies; and Commodity Import and Export Restrictions. This review seeks to update the agricultural laws to enhance the sector’s competitiveness. The Centre is coordinating the review including leading nation-wide stakeholder consultations.
The Centre, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoH&CW) is currently leading the review process of the Public Health Act. To date, the Centre has undertaken research and drafting of the white paper that informed public discussion and consultation during the review process. The Centre is currently working with the Office of the Attorney-General in drafting the new revised law i.e. the Public Health Amendment Bill.
The Centre provides advisory services to various clients in the private sector on regulatory compliance. Currently, we are providing advisory services on regulatory compliance to clients in the livestock and meat sector.
The Centre is working with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) on the process of aligning Zimbabwe’s national seed legislation with the SADC Harmonized Seed Regulatory System. The main objective of harmonizing the national seed regulatory systems is to foster an even, level and enabling environment that facilitates seed trade between countries in the region. In this regard, CALR is offering technical legal advisory services.
The Centre, under a World Bank initiative on contract farming in Zimbabwe, undertook research and co-authored a seminal report on contract farming: ‘Building Agricultural Markets: Constraints and Opportunities in Contract Farming for Smallholder Agricultural Economy in Zimbabwe’. The Centre’s task was to specifically identify and analyse legal and regulatory aspects affecting contract farming in the country, within the context of the study.
The Centre, under a World Bank initiative, undertook research and authored a report on the legal and regulatory framework for Zimbabwe’s water sector. The study findings were utilized in reforming the country’s water sector policy.
CALR, on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Forestry Commission, undertook a review of regional and international forest-related legal instruments affecting the forestry sector in Zimbabwe, and assessed the extent to which they are incorporated into national policies and laws and programmes. CALR also examined the capacity of forest law enforcement authorities to formulate, enforce/implement and review forest legislation. The study was used to contribute to the reform of the country’s forestry-related laws and policies.
CALR, on behalf of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), undertook a review of electoral management systems in Djibouti, Egypt, Somalia, South Sudan and the Sudan. CALR reviewed electoral and electoral-related laws and policies, and assessed the capacity of electoral management bodies in these countries with the aim of contributing to electoral management reforms. The reports have since been concluded and adopted by the COMESA Heads of State Summit. CALR is presently providing COMESA with technical legal assistance n implementing some of the proposed reforms.