Jephita Gotosa

Jephita Gotosa

Senior Lecturer: Soil Science
E-Mail: jgotosa@buse.ac.zw
              jgotosa@gmail.com

Academic Profile

  • M.Sc. degree in  Land & Water Management (1995-1997). (Univ.of Nairobi, Kenya)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Agriculture (Soil Science) (1989-1991) (UZ, Zimbabwe)
  • Certificate in Humanitarian Work (2009) (UZ)

Professional experience

  • University lecturing (6 years)
  • Humanitarian work (1 year)
  • Soil resource mapping and land evaluation (13 years)
  • Soil physics research; agricultural and water management research (13 years)
  • Rural development (10 years)

Areas of Research Interest

  •  Soil and water management
  • Green house gas emissions from tropical ecosystems
  •  Water availability in smallholder agricultural sector
  •  Land resource evaluation and GIS

Current Research Project

(a) Development of a GIS based natural resources management data base for BUSE farm

(b) Determination of greenhouse gas fluxes from Dambos

(c) Reclamation of mine dumps

ARTICLES PUBLISHED

  1. Gotosa, J. 1996. Soil chemical degradation problems induced by use of poor quality irrigation waters in some poorly managed irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe. In: Lungu, C. (Ed.). 1996. Proceedings of the fifth annual scientific conference of the SADC-Land and Water Management Research Programme, Harare, Zimbabwe, October 10-14, 1994. SADC-L&WMRP, Gaborone, Botswana. pp. 31-48.
  2. Gotosa, J. 1997.Assessment of water delivery problems and improvement strategies in smallholder irrigation schemes: Case studies of Nyanyadzi (Zimbabwe) and Matanya (Kenya). M. Sc. (Agricultural Engineering-Land & water Management) Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J. and Shamhudzarira, Z. 1999. Optimising Soil Water use in Zimbabwe. In: N.van Duivenbooden, M. Pala, C. Studer and C.L. Bielders (Eds.). 1999. Efficient Soil Water Use- the key to sustainable crop production in dry-area agriculture in West Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa. Proceedings of the 1998 (Niger) and 1999 (Jordan) workshops of the Optimizing Soil Water Use (OSWU) Consortium. Aleppo, Syria: ICARDA; and Patancheru, India: ICRISAT. pp 243-261.
  4. Mzezewa, J. and Gotosa, J. 1999. Impact from optimizing soil water use research and the need for using new information tools and methodologies in Zimbabwe. In: N.van Duivenbooden, M. Pala, C. Studer and C.L. Bielders (Eds.). 1999. Efficient Soil Water Use- the key to sustainable crop production in dry-area agriculture in West Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa. Proceedings of the 1998 (Niger) and 1999 (Jordan) workshops of the Optimizing Soil Water Use (OSWU) Consortium. Aleppo, Syria: ICARDA; and Patancheru, India: ICRISAT. pp 413-421
  5. Nyamangara, J., Gotosa, J. and Mpofu, S.E. 2001. Cattle manure effects on structural stability and water   retention capacity of a granitic sandy soil in Zimbabwe. Soil and Tillage Research 62 (3-4): 157-162.  DOI  HYPERLINK “http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0167-1987%2801%2900215-X” http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0167-1987(01)00215-X
  6. Gotosa J., Gichuki F.N. and Senzanje A. 2002. Performance assessment of water delivery to a smallholder irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe: Nyanyadzi case study. Journal of Science in Southern Africa 8 (1): 37-51.
  7. Guzha, E and Gotosa, J. 2002.  The effects of humanure and ecofert (urine) on soil fertility and physical properties. www2.gtz.de/Dokumente/oe44/ecosan/en-humanure-ecofert-soil-properties-2002.pdf
  8. Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J. and Nyamwanza, B. 2003. Characterisation of a sodic soil catena for reclamation and improvement strategies. Geoderma 113: 161-175.
  9. Kanda,A; Nyakudya, I.W; Katsvanga, C.A.T; Mupangwa, J,F; and Gotosa, J.2006. Heavy metal concentrations in pavement sediments in the mining town of Bindura, Zimbabwe. J.Appli. Sci. Environ. Manage. 10(4):57-61
  10. Gwenzi, W., Taru, M., Mutema, Z. Gotosa, J. and Mushiri, S.M. 2008. Tillage system and genotype effects on rainfed maize (Zea mays L.) productivity in semi-arid Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research 3 (2) :101-110.
  11. Foti, R., Abureni, K., Tigere, A., Gotosa, J. and  Gere, J. 2008. The efficacy of different seed priming osmotica on the establishment of maize (Zea mays L.) caryopses.  Journal of Arid Environments, 72 (6):1127-1130
  12. Gwenzi, W., Gotosa J., Chakanetsa, S. and Mutema, Z.2009. Effects of tillage systems on soil organic carbon dynamics, structural stability and crop yields in irrigated wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)–cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) rotation in semi-arid Zimbabwe.  HYPERLINK “http://www.springerlink.com/content/100322/?p=459fe785b73b475faea612ab6b8277c9&pi=0″ Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems  HYPERLINK “http://www.springerlink.com/content/wl5204620p47/?p=459fe785b73b475faea612ab6b8277c9&pi=0” 83    (3):211-221.
  13. Mzezewa, J and Gotosa, J. 2009 . Bush encroachment in Zimbabwe:a preliminary observation on soil properties. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 11(1):298-318
  14. E. Chikwari, T. Chimanikire, J. Nyamangara, J. Gotosa and L.K. Heng. 2010. Effect of cultivation time and farmer resource endowment on spatial variability of soil nitrogen across soil scapes. Paper presented on 5th International Nitrogen Conference. Reactive Nitrogen Management for Sustainable Development – Science, Technology and Policy. Indian Nitrogen Group (ING-SCON) & International Nitrogen Initiative (INI). 3 – 7 December 2010, New Delhi, INDIA.
  15.  Kundhlande A, Nyakudya IW, Katsvanga CAT, Wuta M and Gotosa J. 2011. Influence of Pinus patula (Schltdl. and Cham.) plantations on granite soil properties in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe: A case study of Erin Forest Estate. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry Vol. 2(10), pp. xxx-xxx, March 2011.Available online http://www.academicjournals.org/jhf
  16. Jephita Gotosa, Kudzai Nezandonyi, Artwell Kanda, Stanford Mwadai Mushiri, Alfred Kundhlande and Tendayi Nyamugure.2011. Effects of irrigating eucalyptus grandis plantations with a mixture of domestic and pulp and paper mill effluent on soil quality at a site in northern Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 13(5), 136-149.
  17. Kundhlande A., Nyakudya I.W., Katsvanga C.A.T.,Wuta M., Jimu L and Gotosa J. 2012.  HYPERLINK “http://www.ripublication.com/ijaesv2/IJAESv7n1__2.pdf” 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.
  18. Tazvivinga .A., Z. Jiri, S. Muyambo , G. Nyamadzawo and J. Gotosa. 2012. Passive Biomonitoring of Mazowe and Yellow Jacket Rivers, Zimbabwe: Use of the South African Scoring System and Habitat Assessment Index. Global Advanced Research Journal of Engineering, Technology and Innovation 1(8): 195-204.
  19. George Nyamadzawo, Jephita Gotosa, Justice Muvengwi, Menas Wuta, Justice Nyamangara, Philip Nyamugafata, Jeff L. Smith. 2012.The Effect of Catena Position on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Dambo Located Termite (Odontotermes transvaalensis) Mounds from Central Zimbabwe Atmospheric and Climate Sciences 2: 502-509. doi:10.4236/acs.2012.24044

 WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS 

  1. Gotosa, J. 1996. Soil chemical degradation problems induced by use of poor quality irrigation waters in some poorly managed irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe. In: Lungu, C. (Ed.). 1996. Proceedings of the fifth annual scientific conference of the SADC-Land and Water Management Research Programme, Harare, Zimbabwe, October 10-14, 1994. SADC-L&WMRP, Gaborone, Botswana. pp. 31-48.
  2. Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J. and Shamhudzarira, Z. 1999. Optimising Soil Water use in Zimbabwe. In: N.van Duivenbooden, M. Pala, C. Studer and C.L. Bielders (Eds.). 1999. Efficient Soil Water Use- the key to sustainable crop production in dry-area agriculture in West Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa. Proceedings of the 1998 (Niger) and 1999 (Jordan) workshops of the Optimizing Soil Water Use (OSWU) Consortium. Aleppo, Syria: ICARDA; and Patancheru, India: ICRISAT. pp 243-261.
  3. Mzezewa, J. and Gotosa, J. 1999. Impact from optimizing soil water use research and the need for using new information tools and methodologies in Zimbabwe. In: N.van Duivenbooden, M. Pala, C. Studer and C.L. Bielders (Eds.). 1999. Efficient Soil Water Use- the key to sustainable crop production in dry-area agriculture in West Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa. Proceedings of the 1998 (Niger) and 1999 (Jordan) workshops of the Optimizing Soil Water Use (OSWU) Consortium. Aleppo, Syria: ICARDA; and Patancheru, India: ICRISAT. pp 413-421.
  4. Chikwari, E. Chimanikire. T., Nyamangara J. and Gotosa J. 2010. Effect of cultivation time and farmer resource endowment on spatial variability of soil nitrogen across soils capes. Paper presented at a workshop in India, November 2010.