Dr Innocent Wadzanayi Nyakudya

Dr Innocent Wadzanayi Nyakudya

Innocent Wadzanayi Nyakudya (PhD, Associate Prof.)


PhD Soil Physics and Land Management, MSc Soil and Water (Irrigation), BSc Agriculture (Soil Science)

Contact Details

Tel: +263 712 842 712 (Office); +263 772 773746 (Mobile); 0717083893 (Whatsapp)

E-mail Addresses: pupunege@yahoo.com, iwnyakudya@buse.ac.zw

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Academic Qualifications and Awarding Institutions

PhD. Title: Water management for rainfed maize in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

M.Sc. Soil and Water (Irrigation), Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

B.Sc. Agriculture Honours (Soil Science), University of Zimbabwe

Research and Training Interests and Expertise

Climate Smart Agriculture

Field water management


Environmental sustainability

Reclamation of degraded land including mine slime dams.

Selected Publications in International Peer Reviewed Journals

1 Chimweta M, Nyakudya IW, Jimu L, Mashingaidze AB, Musemwa L, Musara JP, Kashe K. 2021 Flood-recession cropping in the mid-Zambezi Valley: A neglected farming system with potential to improve household food security and income. The Geographical Journal. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12418.

2  Jimu L, Nyakudya IW, Magogo C, Mureva A. 2020. Impact of pine plantation establishment on soil properties and fungal communities of natural forests in Zimbabwe, Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, 82:3, 263-270.

3 Mujuru L, Jimu L, Mureva A, Mapaura A, Nyakudya IW, Muvengwi J. 2020. Diversity of local knowledge on use of wild food and medicinal plants in communities around five biodiversity hotspots in Zimbabwe. Advances in Traditional Medicine, 20: 663-671.

4 Chimweta M, Nyakudya IW. 2019. Physicochemical properties and macronutrients status of water from Mukumbura and Zhoubvunda Rivers’ Floodplain Shallow wells in the Zambezi Valley, Northern Zimbabwe. Journal of Physical Science and Environmental Studies, 5(1): 14-20.

5 Chimweta M, Nyakudya IW, Jimu L, Mashingaidze AB. 2018. Fall armyworm [Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)] damage in maize: management options for flood-recession cropping smallholder farmers. International Journal of Pest Management, 66(2): 142-154.

6 Muvengwi J, Mbiba M, Mabaya Y, Nyakudya IW, Ndagurwa HGT. 2018. Structure, soil properties and spatial patterning of mounds built by a soil feeding termite across a rainfall gradient in a savanna ecosystem. Pedobiologia – Journal of Soil Ecology 71: 31-40.

7 Chimweta M, Nyakudya IW, Jimu L. 2018. Fertility status of cultivated floodplain soils in the Zambezi Valley, northern Zimbabwe. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 105: 147-153.

8 Mukaro E, Nyakudya IW, Jimu L. 2017. Edaphic conditions, aboveground carbon stocks and plant diversity on nickel mine tailings dump vegetated with Senegalia polyacantha (Willd.) Seigler & Ebinger. Land Degradation and Development, 28: 1641-1651.

9 Mataruse LR, Nyakudya IW, Jimu L, Musemwa L, Chimweta M. 2017. Smallholder farmers’ perceptions and constraints on the use of alternative energy sources to miombo wood and energy-efficient barns. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 27(1): 43-53.

10 Jimu L, Mataruse L, Musemwa L, Nyakudya IW. 2017. The miombo ecoregion in smoke: the effect of tobacco curing. World Development Perspectives, 5: 44-46.

11 Jimu L, Nyakudya IW. 2017. Fires in exotic forest plantations of Zimbabwe: Causes and management strategies. World Development Perspectives, 9: 56-58.

12 Nyakudya IW, Stroosnijder L,  Nyagumbo I. 2014. Infiltration and planting pits for improved water management and maize yield in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Agricultural Water Management. 141: 30-46.

13 Nyakudya IW, Stroosnijder L. 2014. Conservation tillage of rainfed maize in semi-arid Zimbabwe: A review. Soil & Tillage Research, 145: 184-197.

14  Nyakudya IW, Stroosnijder L, 2014. Effect of rooting depth, plant density and planting date on maize (Zea mays L.) yield and water use efficiency in semi-arid Zimbabwe: Modelling with AquaCrop. Agricultural Water Management, 146: 280-296.

15 Gotosa TN, Gotosa J, Katsvanga CAT, Nyakudya IW, Kundhlande A, Mapaure I. 2013. Woody vegetation diversity and regeneration in an abandoned sugar estate in semi-arid Zimbabwe. The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 23(5): 1370-1378.

16 Kundhlande A, Nyakudya IW, Katsvanga CAT, Wuta M, Jimu L,  Gotosa J. 2012. Influence of Pinus patula (Schltdl. & Cham.) plantations on dolerite soil properties in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe: Case of Erin Forest Estate. International Journal of Applied Environmental Sciences, 7(1): 9-24.

17 Nyakudya IW, Jimu L, Muripira V, Chikuvire TJ. 2012. A comparative analysis of yield performance of maize (Zea mays L.) under different tillage methods in Musana communal area, Zimbabwe. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development, 4 (4): 45-49.

18 Nyakudya I W, Jimu L, Katsvanga CAT, Dafana M. 2011. Comparative analysis of the early growth performance of indigenous Acacia species in revegetating Trojan Nickel Mine tailings in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, 5(3): 218 -227.

19 Nyakudya IW, Stroosnijder L. 2011. Water management options based on rainfall analysis for rainfed maize (Zea mays L.) production in Rushinga district, Zimbabwe. Agricultural Water Management, 98(10): 1649-1659.

20 Manatsa D, Nyakudya IW, Mukwada G, Matsikwa H. 2011. Maize yield forecasting for Zimbabwe farming sectors using satellite rainfall estimates. Natural Hazards, 55: 447-463.

21 Chimvuramahwe J, Musara JP, Mujuru L, Gadzirayi CT, Nyakudya IW, Jimu L, Katsvanga CAT, Mupangwa JF, Chivheya R. 2011. Effect of feeding graded levels of Adansonia digitata (baobab) seed cake on the performance of broilers. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 11(3): 1442-1449.

22 Kundhlande A, Nyakudya IW, Katsvanga CAT, Wuta M,  Gotosa J. 2011. Influence of Pinus patula (Schltdl. & Cham.) plantations on granite soil properties in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe: A case study of Erin Forest Estate. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry, 2(10).

23  Nyakudya IW, Jimu L, Marashe M, Katsvanga CAT. 2010. Comparative growth and yield response of rape (Brasssica napus L.) to different soil fertility management amendments. Electronic Journal of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 9(1): 207-214.

24  Foti R, Nyakudya IW, Moyo M, Chikuvire TJ, Mlambo N.  2007. Determinants of farmer demand for “fee-for-service” extension in Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector–the case of Mashonaland Central province. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 14(1): 95-104.

25 Mutenje MJ, Nyakudya IW, Katsinde C, Chikuvire TJ. 2007. Sustainable income generating projects for HIV-affected households in Zimbabwe: Evidence from two high density suburbs.  African Journal of AIDS Research. 6(1): 9-15.

26  Nyakudya IW, Murewa VJ, Mutenje M, Moyo M, Chikuvire TJ, Foti R. 2006. Hidden overburden of female-headed households in guar bean production: Zimbabwean experience. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 8 (1): 168-175.

27 Kanda A, Nyakudya IW, Katsvanga CAT, Mupangwa JF, Gotosa J.  2006. Heavy metal concentrations in pavement sediments in the mining town of Bindura, Zimbabwe. Journal of Applied Science and Environmental Management, 10 (4): 57-61.

28 Mulizane M, Katsvanga CAT, Nyakudya IW, Mupangwa JF. 2005. The growth performance of exotic and indigenous tree species in rehabilitating active mine talings dump at Shamva mine in Zimbabwe. Journal of Applied Science and Environmental Management, 9 (2): 57-59.

29 Sebata A, Ngongoni NT, Mupangwa JF, Nyakudya IW, Dube JS. 2005. Chemical composition and degradation characteristics of puncture vine. Tribulus terrestris. Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 5: 85-89.

Current Research AND Training Grants

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External Partners

SADC-GIZ Regional Training Partnership

German Government



Pungue University, Mozambique

Malawi University of Science and Technology

Use of tied-contour rainwater harvesting system in small grain and legume production for improved household food security, nutrition and income in semi-arid smallholder farming areas of Zimbabwe. RUFORUM/MASTERCARD Community Action research Programme

(CARP+) 2018-2022

Ruforum/Mastercard CARP


Invited Collaborator post application

University of Zimbabwe, Magamba Training Centre