Research

Research in FAES addresses food security at various stages of the production value chain. Examples of research activities include rainwater harvesting for mitigating against droughts and the often devastating mid-season dry spells, sustainable agronomic practices under flood-recession cropping, crop protection, soil fertility management, animal nutrition, genetics (pigs) diseases).

Environmental research in the Faculty is broad due to the diversity of expertise of the members and includes occupational health and safety, waste management and the resultant chemical, physical and hydrological processes at varying temporal and spatial scales and their effect on surrounding communities and the environment. The research is geared to improve the human health and safety at the workplace and develop innovative methods for managing disturbed ecosystems. Other research clusters include climate change adaptation, wildlife and forest ecology and management, and restoration ecology. Three PhD and twelve MPhil students are currently enrolled in the Faculty and perform research often in collaboration with national government and non-government organizations.

Major Research Activities

The Faculty has several research projects that are currently taking place. Faculty Research activities mostly focus on improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. Some of the ongoing projects are listed below.

  1. Flood-Recession Cropping Project
  2. Rainwater Harvesting Project
  3. Climate Change and Tsetse Transmitted Trypanosomiasis
  4. Market Intelligence Project
  5. Biochar-based sustainable fertilizer development using Forest-Industry residues in Zimbabwe.
  6. FAES Research Agenda