Dr. Jephita Gotosa

Jephita Gotosa

Qualifications

  • PhD Soil Science, CUT (2020)
  • MSc. Land & water, University of Nairobi (1997)
  • BSc. Agriculture Honours (Soil Science), UZ (1991)

E-Mail: jgotosa@buse.ac.zw or jgotosa@gmail.com

Contact Number: +263 772 361 918 or  +263 738 889 457 or +263 718 432 099

 

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

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1. Gotosa, J., Kodzwa, J., Gwenzi, W. & Nyamangara J. (2021).Maize nitrogen uptake and productivity under reduced and conventional tillage. Nutr Cycl Agroecosyst 119 (1):23-36. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10705-020-10104-7
  2. Kodzwa, J. J., Gotosa, J., & Nyamangara, J. (2020). Soil & Tillage Research Mulching is the most important of the three conservation agriculture principles in increasing crop yield in the short term , under sub humid tropical conditions in Zimbabwe. Soil & Tillage Research, 197(November 2018), 104515. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2019.104515
  3. Gotosa Jephita, Kodzwa Jefline, Nyamangara Justice and Gwenzi Willis (2019).Effect of Nitrogen fertiliser application on maize yield across agro-ecological regions and soil types in Zimbabwe: a meta-analysis approach. International Journal of Plant Production. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42106-019-00045-9
  4. Mandumbu R, Mutengwa C, Mabasa S, Mwenje E, Gotosa J, Munyati V.T 2017. The parasitic weeds scourge in northern Zimbabwe: effects of soil degradation, hosts and food security implications to rural farmers. Sci. Agri.  20 (3): 86-91. DOI: 10.15192/PSCP.SA.2017.20.3.8691
  5. Artwell Kanda, George Nyamadzawo, Jephita Gotosa, Nathan Nyamutora, Willis Gwenzi .  2017. PREDICTING ACID ROCK DRAINAGE FROM A NICKEL MINE WASTE PILE AND METAL LEVELS IN SURROUNDING SOILS.  Env. Eng. and Man. Jou. 16 (9), 2089-2096.  http://omicron.ch.tuiasi.ro/EEMJ/
  6. J. Gotosa, G. Nyamadzawo, T. Mtetwa, A. Kanda and V. P. Dudu. 2015. Comparative Road Dust Suppression Capacity of Molasses Stillage and Water on Gravel Road in Zimbabwe. Advances in Research 3(2): 198-208.
  7. Alen Manyevere, Courage Bangira, Jephita Gotosa, Lawrence Munjonji & Emmanuel Chikwari.2015. Characteristics and management options of crusting soils in a smallholder farming area of the Zambezi metamorphic belt in northern Zimbabwe, South African Journal of Plant and Soil, DOI: 10.1080/02571862.2015.1018355
  8. Mujuru, L;imu, L.; Gotosa, J. and Nyamadzawo G. 2015. Patterns of forest complexity and carbon storage in natural forests and woodlands of Zimbabwe. Available at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/programme/technical-papers-and-posters/en/
  9. Blessing Masamha, Artwell Kanda, Tichaona Mapuwei, Jephita Gotosa and Violet P. Dudu. 2014.  Multinomial Regression Modelling of Factors Determining Choice of Household Water Treatment Technology in Bindura Rural District of Zimbabwe. Research Journal of Mathematics and Statistics 6(2): 12-15
  10. S.M. Mudyiwa, C.T. Gadzirayi, J.F. Mupangwa, J. Gotosa and T. Nyamugure.2013. CONSTRAINTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CULTIVATION OF Moringa oleifera IN THE ZIMBABWEAN SMALLHOLDER GROWERS.Int. J. Agril. Res. Innov. & Tech. 3 (1): 12-19. Available online at http://www.ijarit.webs.com
  11. Kanda a., Gotosa j & Chagwiza g. 2013 performance of biosand filters in treating source water in post emergency: a case of two rural districts of northern Zimbabwe. Ozean journal of applied sciences 6(1), 31 -38
  12. A.Kanda, B. Masamha, J. Gotosa and S.N. Misi. 2013. Application of Stabilization Pond Effluent Quality Parameters in Assessing Treatment Efficiency, Disposal Safety and Irrigation Suitability. Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences 5(9): 525-528
  13. C.T. Gadzirayi, S. M. Mudyiwa, J. F. Mupangwa and J. Gotosa. 2013. Cultivation Practices and Utilisation of Moringa oleifera Provenances by Small Holder Farmers: Case of Zimbabwe.Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology 2(2): 152-162.
  14. S.M. Mudyiwa, C.T. Gadzirayi, J.F. Mupangwa, J. Gotosa and T.Nyamugure.2013. CONSTRAINTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CULTIVATION OF Moringa oleifera IN THE ZIMBABWEAN SMALLHOLDER GROWERS, ISSN:2224-0616, Int. J. Agril. Res. Innov. & Tech. 3 (1): 12-19.
  15. Gotosa, T.N; Gotosa, J; Katsvanga, C.A.T; Nyakudya, I.W; Kundhlande, A and Mapaure, I. 2013. Woody vegetation diversity and regeneration in an abandoned sugar estate in semi-arid Zimbabwe. The Journal of Animal & Plant Sciences, 23(5): 1370-1378
  16. Kundhlande A., Nyakudya I.W., Katsvanga C.A.T.,Wuta M., Jimu L and 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. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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 EasternHighlands of Zimbabwe: A case study of Erin Forest Estate. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry Vol. 2(10), March 2011.Available online http://www.academicjournals.org/jhf
  20. 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.
  21. 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. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 83(3):211-221.
  22. 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.
  23. Richard Foti, Khathutshelo Abureni, Albert Tigere, Jephita Gotosa and Jephris Gere. 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
  24. W. Gwenzi, M. Taru,  Z. Mutema, J. Gotosa and S. M. Mushiri. 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
  25. J Mzezewa, J Gotosa and A Manyevere.2007. Effect of bush encroachment on vertical soil organic carbon distribution in a clay loam soil in Shangani Ranches, Zimbabwe. Southern Africa Journal of Education, Science and Technology 2(1): 8 – 14
  26. Kanda, A; Nyakudya, I W; Katsvanga, C A T; Mupangwa, J F; Gotosa, J. 2006. Heavy metal concentrations in pavement sediments in the mining town of Bindura,Zimbabwe J. Appl. Sci. Environ. Manage 10 (4) 57 – 61
  27. Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J. and Nyamwanza, B. 2003. Characterisation of a sodic soil catena for reclamation and improvement strategies. Geoderma 113: 161-175.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
 

Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings

  1. J. Gotosa, J. Kodzwa, J. Nyamangara, and I.W. Gwenzi (2018). Conservation agriculture and rainfall as drivers of maize yield response to mineral nitrogen in the smallholder sector of Northern Zimbabwe. 1st BUSE International food security conference, October 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  2. Gotosa, J;Mapurazi, S; Nyamadzawo, G and Kanda, C and Mupfigo, D. 2014. Effectiveness of a Eucalyptus plantation in remediating a former wasteland in Dzivarasekwa, Harare. 15th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium, 29th to 31st October 2014, Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel Lilongwe, Malawi.
  3. C.T. Gadzirayi, S. M. Mudyiwa, J. F. Mupangwa and J. Gotosa 2012 Cultivation practices and utilisation of moringa oleifera provenances by small holder farmers: case of  Zimbabwe.  Southern and eastern African association for farming systems    research extension (SEAAFSRE) eleventh regional conference 19-21 November 2012, South Africa, Pretoria.Saint George Hotel and Conference Center.
  4. Gotosa, J., Nyamadzawo, G., Sharara, P.W, and Kanda, A 2012, The impact of sewage and industrial effluent on the quality of surface water in Marondera town, Zimbabwe. 6/9/12, RIE-SET U/Z
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
 

SOIL SURVEY TECHNICAL REPORTS

  1. Gwampa Forest Research block (100ha) at 1:5000 in Nkayi District. Forestry commission, 1993. Co-authored.
  2. Sijarira Forest Research block (100ha) at 1:5000 in Binga Dstrict. Forestry commission, 1993. Co-authored.
  3. Mahiye section (500ha) of Matopos Research Station at 1:6250 in Matobo District. DR & SS, 1993. Co-authored.
  4. Gonarezhou National Park, Mwenezi Sub-Region: East of Railway line (100 000 ha) at 1:100 000 in Chiredzi District. Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management, 1993. Co-authored.
  5. Hozori irrigation project  (2000 ha) at 1:12 500 in Gweru District. Department of Agricultural and technical extension services, 1994. Co-authored.
  6. Pollards irrigation project (650 ha) at 1:5 000 in Bubi District. Department of Agricultural and technical extension services, 1994. Co-authored
  7. Eucalyptus irrigation project at Handley Cross farm (250ha), Chakari, at 1:10 000. Delta Gold (Pvt) Limited, 1997.
  8. Mtshazo irrigation project (380 ha) at 1:5000 in Gwanda District. Department of Agricultural and technical extension services; 2001
  9. Manyange irrigation project: blocks A and C at 1: 5000 in Gwanda Distrct. Department of Agricultural and technical extension services; 2001. Co-authored
  10. Manyange irrigation project (2600ha): blocks B and E at 1: 5000 in Gwanda Distrct. Department of Agricultural and technical extension services; 2002
  11. Osborne Dam irrigation project at 1: 5000, Mutare District, 2002`. Co-authored
  12. Bruton/Chipa irrigation Project (4000ha) at 1:10000 in Bindura district. Irrigation department; 2003. Co-authored
  13. Nuanetsi irrigation project (4000 ha) at 1:10000 in Mwenezi District. ARDA; 2003. Co-authored
  14. Zhove irrigation project (900 ha) at 1:10000 in Beit Bridge District, Irrigation department, 2004. Co-authored
  15. Mamina irrigation scheme extension (700 ha) at 1:6250 in Mhondoro-Ngezi communal lands, Kadoma District, Mashonaland West. Irrigation Department, 2004.
  16. Mupudzi Irrigation project (850 ha) at 1:6250 in Mutare District, Manicaland. Irrigation Department, 2004
  17. Honde Valley Irrigation project (300 ha) at 1:6250 in Mutasa District, Manicaland Province. Irrigation Department, 2004.
  18. Wenimbi irrigation project (400ha) at 1:10000 in Marondera District. Mashonaland East Province.  Irrigation Department, 2005.

 

CONSULTANCY WORK

  1. Mutangi micro-catchment project (650ha), Chivi District. Soil survey undertaken as part of baseline biophysical investigations of the micro-catchment at 1:6250.  The surveys were done for the Institute of Environmental Studies (University of Zimbabwe), which was implementing a project on management of common pool resources (CPRM). 1999.
  2. Kintyre county EPZ project, Turnpike: Soil survey to subdivide the survey area (EPZ) into agriculturally viable units. Soils Incoporated (Pvt) LTD-Harare. 1999.
  3. Zvishavane Resettlement project: Zvishavane District: Soil survey to identify areas suitable for resettlement of small scale farmers displaced by mining operations in Mazvihwa communal area: subdivided the survey area into agriculturally viable unit. Soils Incoporated (Pvt) LTD-Harare. 2000
  4. Mashava Resettlement project: Masvingo District: Soil survey to identify areas suitable for resettlement of small scale farmers displaced by mining operations in Mazvihwa communal area: subdivided the survey area into agriculturally viable units. Soils Incoporated (Pvt) LTD-Harare. 2001.
  5. Calibration (Parameterisation) of hydrological models. Determined soil physical parameters for use in hydrological models in the following catchments:
    -Mupfure River catchment- Geography Department (UZ), 1999  
    -Bromely micro-catchment-Geology Department (UZ), 2000
  6. Sewage stabilisation ponds projects, Mt Darwin District: Carried out a soil survey to determine the irrigation suitability of soils in the area designated for sewage disposal or irrigation. Determined soil physical properties (infiltration, particle size distribution and moisture release characteristics) relevant for irrigation designing. Pfura District council. 2001.
  7. Merton Park project, Norton: Soil survey to sub-divide the farm into units                suitable for urban expansion. Soils Incoporated (Pvt) LTD-Harare. 2002
  8. Muzuva, J. and Gotosa, J. (1999) Field Report on Geological and Soil Surveys of Mutangi micro-catchment, IES, UZ, Zimbabwe. IES publication, 26pp.