Dr Cosmas Parwada

Dr Cosmas ParwadaContact
Email: cparwada@gmail.com
Cell:+ 263 773245306

Qualifications

  • PhD Agriculture (Soil Science) – University of Fort Hare, South Africa
  • Master of Science degree in Agroforestry
  • BSC Honours Degree Natural Resources Management and Agriculture (Crop Production and Horticulture) -Midlands State University Zimbabwe.

PROJECTS INVOLVED:

  1. Zimbabwe National Organic Standards Formulation- Working with the Zimbabwe Organic Producers and Promoters Association Trust (ZOPPA) from 2009 up date.
  2. Contributed to the development and writing of Zimbabwean Organic Crop Grower’s Manuals of carrots, garlic, onions and tomato.
  3. The Water conservation and Gully reclamation using trees in Zimbabwean drier areas (Chivi district) project. Worked with the Southern Africa Community Development Trust from 2006 to 2007.
  4. Implementation of conservation farming on irrigated lands. Department of Irrigation (Agronomy branch) from 2006 to April 2007.

WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE

Job Title : Lecturer – Department of Crop Sciences

Organization : Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe

Duration : May 2007 up-to date

Courses coordinated at undergraduate:

  • Principles of Weed science
  • Principles of Soil Science
  • Principles of Plant propagation
  • Principles of Organic farming
  • Principles of Agronomy
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Horticultural Post Harvest Technology
  • Agro forestry

Courses coordinated at post graduate:

  • Germplasm management
  • Sustainable Crop production
  • Transition to Sustainable Agriculture

UNIVERSITY EXTENSION AND OTHER DUTIES

  1. Acting head of Department- Department of Crop Science
  2. Coordinating student on Industrial attachment
  3. Unit Coordinator (Horticultural Sciences)
  4. Coordinating BSc (Hons) Crop Science Block Release
  5. Coordinating Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  6. Facilitation of outreach postgraduate courses on Crop Production
  7. Treasurer & Board Member of Zimbabwe Organic Producer Promoter Association (ZOPPA) and Technical Committee Member on Zimbabwe Organic Standards-ZOPPA

Job Title : Time on task lecturer

Organization : University of Fort Hare, South Africa (Department of Agronomy)

Duration : July – December 2015 and July- December 2016


Job Title : Irrigation Agronomist (Department of Irrigation)

Organization : Ministry of Agricultural Engineering, Mechanization and Irrigation, Zimbabwe (Division of Irrigation Agronomy)

Duration : February 2006 to April 2007


RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Books
1. Cosmas Parwada. 2012. Agro forestry technologies adoption among farmers. Case of Zimbabwe. Lambert Academic publishing. Germany.ISBN-9783848443840.

LIST OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES

  1. Cosmas Parwada, Charles Karavina, Ronald Mandumbu, Agathar Kamota and Sylvia Nyemba. 2016. Evaluation of seasonal rainfall changes on the growth performance of Vigna unguiculta (cowpeas) in Zimbabwe. Academia Journal of Agricultural Research. 4(2): 067-071
  2. Parwada Cosmas, Gadzirayi Christopher, Karavina Charles, Kubiku Friday, Mandumbu Ronald, Madumbu Belta. 2012. Z. Tagetes minuta Formulation Effect Sitophilus Zeamais (Weevils) Control in Stored Maize Grain. International Journal of Plant Research, 2(3): 65-68
  3. C Karavina, R Mandumbu, C Parwada and T Mungunyana. 2012. Variety and Planting Date Effects on the Incidence of Bollworms and Insect Sucking Pests of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. 3(3): 607-610.
  4. C. Parwada, C. T. Gadzirayi and A. B. Sithole. 2011. Effect of ridge height and planting orientation on Ipomea batatas (sweet potato) production. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development. 3(4) pp. 72-76.
  5. C. Parwada, C. T. Gadzirayi, W. T. Muriritirwa and D. Mwenye. 2010. Adoption of agro-forestry technologies among smallholder farmers: A case of Zimbabwe. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics. 2(10), pp. 351-358.
  6. Charles. Karavina, Ronald Mandumbu, Cosmas Parwada and Emmanuel Zivenge. 2011. Epiphytic Survival of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli (E. F. SM). Journal of Animal & Plant Sciences. 9 (2): 1161- 1168.
  7. Cosmas Parwada and Tendekai Mudimu. 2011. Effectiveness of reduced herbicidal dosage and intercropping spatial pattern as a weed control option. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa. 13 (2) 1520-5509
  8. Charles Karavina, E. Zivenge, Ronald Mandumbu and Cosmas Parwada. 2011. Jatropha curcas Production in Zimbabwe: Uses, Challenges and the way Forward,. Modern Applied Science. 5(2) 1913-1844.
  9. C. Karavina, R. Mandumbu, C. Parwada and H. Tibugari. 2011. A review of the occurrence, biology and management of common bacterial blight. Journal of Agricultural Technology. 7(6) 1459-1474.
  10. H. Tibugari, D. Mombeshora, R. Mandumbu, C. Karavina, C. Parwada. 2012. A comparison of the effectiveness of the aqueous extracts of garlic, castor beans and marigold in the biocontrol of root-knot nematode in tomato. Journal of Agricultural Technology. 8(2): 479-492.
  11. V Munyati, J.P Musara, G. Chagwiza, Mafuse N, Parwada C and Chimvuramahwe J. 2012. Trends in Profitability and Measure of Government Protection in Sorghum Production (Zimbabwe). Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science. 1(7) 182-185.
  12. Parwada Cosmas, Gadzirayi Christopher, Karavina Charles and Munyati Vincent. T. 2012. A Review of Agro Forestry Technologies Adoption among Small-Holder Farmers in Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development Studies. 2 (1) 68-92.
  13. Cosmas Parwada, Charles Karavina, Ronald Mandumbu and Agathar Kamota. Adjusting planting time of Vigna unguiculta (cowpeas) to seasonal change. International Journal of Agriculture Innovations and Research. Accepted for publication. IJAIR-37
  14. Cosmas Parwada, Agathar Kamota, Charles Karavina and Tofara Chivende. 2014. Effect of tillage method on weed control and Zea mays (maize) yield under Zimbabwean dry conditions. Academia Journal of Agricultural Research 2(2): 049-053
  15. Obediah Dodo*, David Makwerere, Matavire and Cosmas Parwada. 2013. An analysis of challenges faced by students learning in virtual and open distance learning system: A case of Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). Educational Research and Reviews. Vol. 8(11), pp. 700-707.
  16. Chikuvire T. J.*, C. Karavina, C. Parwada and B. T. Maphosa. 2013. Lantana camara and Tithonia diversifolia leaf teas improve the growth and yield of Brassica napus. African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol. 8(48), pp. 6220-6225.
  17. Karavina Charles, Kamota Agathar, Mandumbu Ronald, Parwada Cosmas, Mugwati Ignitius, Masamha Blessing. 2015. NEMATICIDAL EFFECTS OF BRASSICA FORMULATIONS AGAINST ROOT KNOT NEMATODES (Meloidogyne javanica) IN TOMATOES (Solanum lycopersicum L.). Pakistan Journal of Phytopathology. 27 (02):109-114
  18. Parwada Cosmas, Karavina Charles, Kamota Agathar, Mandumbu Ronald and Marova Rich. 2016. Effect of Planting Basin Depth on the Growth and Performance of Maize (Zea mays). Scientia Agriculturae. 13 (1): 30-36
  19. Cosmas Parwada & Johan Van Tol. 2016. The nature of soil erosion and possible conservation strategies in Ntabelanga area, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B- Soil & Plant Science, DOI: 10.1080/09064710.2016.11889979
  20. Cosmas Parwada & Johan Van Tol. 2016. The nature of soil erosion and possible conservation strategies in Ntabelanga area, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B- Soil & Plant Science, DOI: 10.1080/09064710.2016.11889979
  21. Cosmas Parwada & Johan Van Tol. FORTHCOMING 2016. LITTER QUALITY EFFECTS ON PARTICULATE ORGANIC MATTER FRACTIONS DYNAMICS AND MACROAGGREGATE TURNOVER RATE IN DIFFERENT SOIL HORIZONS. AGROCIENCIA (Accepted).
  22. Parwada Cosmas & Van Tol Johan. 2017. Litter quality effects on soil stability and erodibility of selected South African soils. Glob. Ad. Res. Agric. Sci [ISSN: 2313-5095]

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PAPERS

  1. Combined Congress, 23-26 January 2017, Klein Kariba, Bela Bela South Africa. Litter quality influence on soil splash rates and organic carbon dynamics in different soil horizons.
  2. 2nd General meeting of The Rockefeller Foundation-supported program Biotechnology, Breeding and Seed Systems for African Crops. 24th –27th January 2005. Nairobi, Kenya. Screening of cowpea varieties for tolerance to low pH conditions.
  3. Research and Development for Advancement of Humanity. 26th – 28th September 2012. ARC Hotel, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya. Adjusting planting time of Vigna unguiculata (cowpeas) to seasonal shifts in Zimbabwe. 16 pages.
  4. ICEI-2 Second Biennial International Conference and Exhibition: Global Climate Change, Environmental Pollution and Food Security: Implication for Africa. 17th -18th April 2012. Yusuf Grillo Auditorium, Environmental research group Yaba College of technology, Lagos, Nigeria. Cotton Insecticide Resistance Management Strategies in Zimbabwe: Impact of Climate Change.

KNOWLEDGE

  •  Overall knowledge of agro forestry, crop production and organic farming
  • Ability to conceptualize, supervise, implement and design agricultural researches and evaluation studies
  • Ability and willingness to work with new members on improved agricultural technologies
  •  Basic knowledge of farm and agribusiness management

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Zimbabwe National Organic Standard Stakeholder’s workshop-Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Quality Management Network (ZQMN) launch workshop –Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Quality Management Network (ZQMN) discussion forum workshop – Zimbabwe
  • Scientific article writing workshop – Bindura University of Science Education –Zimbabwe
  • PIB. Short course on the theory and practice of pig husbandry:- Pig Industry Board – Zimbabwe
  • Mushroom Production course – International Mushroom Centre – Harare Zimbabwe
  • Education for life – A behavior change based training programme in HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention- Deseret International – Zimbabwe
  • Virtual Reality (VR) in agriculture workshop – World Links – Zimbabwe
  • Faith for today English course – Voice of prophecy