Research in FAES typically addresses agricultural and environmental science research. In the field of agriculture our research aims at improving food security and it covers the entire value chain. For environmental Science the focus is on sustainable production through improving human health and safety at the workplace and development of innovative methods for managing disturbed ecosystems. Environmental research in the Faculty is broad and includes wildlife and forest ecology, restoration ecology 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. Our research also covers cross-cutting issues on health and safety, climate change, and agroforestry.


Thematic Area

Sub-Thematic Areas


Education and Extension

Extension approaches

Economics and Management

Value chain management

Horticultural and Field Crops

  • Crop Protection- pathology; weed science
  • Conservation agriculture
  • Ethnobotany
  • Flood-recession cropping
  • Soil fertility management
  • Postharvest management
  • Integrated water and nutrient management


  • Breeding
  • Conservation of genetic resources
  • Ethnoveterinary
  • Nutrition

Environmental and Health Science


Environmental Science

  • Impact assessment of agricultural projects and programmes
  • Mine dump land reclamation
  • Restoration ecology
  • Tobacco curing
  • Waste management
  • Vegetation diversity

Forest and Plantation Science

  • Forest pathology
  • Forest plant nutrition

Health and Safety

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Water quality


  • Fisheries
  • Wildlife ecology

Cross-Cutting Issues


  • Carbon sequestration
  • Land reclamation and revegetation
  • Soil fertility management

Climate Change

Water, climate change and greenhouse gases

Current Postgraduate Students
Four PhD and sixteen MPhil students are currently enrolled in the Faculty and perform research often in collaboration with national government and non-government organizations.

Level of Study

Name of Student


Research Topic





Chimweta Moreblessing


Optimizing maize yield under flood-recession croppingin the Zambezi Valley floodplains, northern Zimbabwe

Dr. IW Nyakudya

Dr. L. Jimu


Prof. AB Mashingaidze

(Chinhoyi University of Technology)

Kubiku Friday Nguvayakwana


Resilience in agriculture to climate change through sustainable crop intensification: An adaptive agroecological management approach for semi-arid smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Prof. G Nyamadzawo


Magwaza Eleonor


Rainwater harvesting and nutrient intensification in cereal-legume farming systems in semi-arid Zimbabwe.

Prof. G Nyamadzawo

Dr. R. Mandumbu


Musara Joseph


Sorghum value chain development prospects for Mbire District of Zimbabwe

Dr. L Musemwa

Dr. M Mutenje

Prof. C Pfukwa


Prof. A Mushunje (University of Fort Hare)


Mutetwa Edmore


Genetic relatedness of Zimbabwe open-pollinated maize varieties based on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) and implications on morphological characterisation procedures

Mr. K Mutsengi

Dr C. Mujaju (Seed-Co )

Dube Simbarashe


Adoption of organic farming among smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Dr. L Musemwa

Dr. CT Gadzirayi


Fungai Gamu


Evaluation of adoption of conservation agriculture practices by smallholder farmers, factors influencing choice of practice and economic returns

Dr. E Zivenge

Dr. IW Nyakudya


Dr S Siziba (University of Zimbabwe)

Anita Chihota


Effect of climate change on tsetse population dynamics

Dr. TJ Zindove

Mr. M Dhliwayo



Takunda Dzavo


Relationship between morphometric traits and health status in beef cattle

Dr. TJ Zindove

Mr. M Dhliwayo


Matope Alphonce


Relationship between conformation traits and heat tolerance in beef cattle

Dr. TJ Zindove

Mr. M Dhliwayo


Pasipanodya Chiturike


Adoption of in-field rainwater harvesting technologies, crop crop intensification and their effects on maize yield in the semi-arid areas of Marange, Mutare District

Prof. G Nyamadzawo

Mr. J. Gotosa

Dr. IW Nyakudya


Fadzai Miriam Moyo


The effects of in-contour rainwater harvesting and integrated nutrient management on maize yields in semi-arid Marange toposequences

Prof. G Nyamadzawo

Mr. J. Gotosa

Dr. IW Nyakudya


Andrew Tapiwa Kugedera


The role of rainwater harvesting and agroforestry in improving sorghum productivity in Masvingo

Prof. G Nyamadzawo


Petra Gwaka


Effect of different residue retention strtaegies on maize cropping system productivity in Zimbabwe

Prof. G Nyamadzawo


Elvis Chiboyiwa


Occupational musculoskeletal disorders among informal welders in selected small towns of Zimbabwe

Dr. F. Ncube

Mr A Kanda


Rukondo Lorraine


Effects of biochar on soil physical and chemical properties and performance of Brassica napus.

Prof. G Nyamadzawo


Tapiwa Makuku


Exploring effects of pyrolysis regimes on nutrient content and use of biochar in integrated soil nutrient management

Prof. G Nyamadzawo


Current Externally Funded Research
Academics are required to source external funding for research, product and service development. Some of the ongoing projects are listed below.

Project Title

Funding Organisation

BUSE Project Team


Plant community development on a chronosequence of abandoned gold and nickel mine tailings dumps in the great dyke region in Zimbabwe

International Foundation for Science (IFS

Tatenda Nyenda

(Grant Holder)

Prof. Willis Gwenzi (Supervisor)

University of Zimbabwe

Optimizing maize yield under flood recession cropping in the Zambezi valley floodplains, northern Zimbabwe


International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)

Association of African Universities (AAU)

Ms M Chimweta (PhD student and grants Holder)

Dr. IW Nyakudya

Dr. L Jimu

Prof. Anold Bray Mashingaidze (Supervisor)

Chinhoyi University of Technology

Mobilization of data on non-timber forest products’ species in Zimbabwe’s five biodiversity hotspots: towards the enhancement of food security and human health

European Union (EU)

Dr. L Mujuru

Dr. L Jimu

Dr. J Muvengwi

Dr. Admore Mureva

Dr. IW Nyakudya

National Botanical Gardens

Forestry Commisssion

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

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) (CARP)

Prof. G Nyamadzawo

Dr. R Mandumbu

Dr. B Masamha

Ms A Kamota

Magamba Training Centre

Commercialisation of sustainable broiler chicken feed with Water and climate change oleifera in partial substitution for soya cake

Finnish Southern African Partnership (SANBio)

Dr. CT Gadzirayi

University of Venda, South Africa


Major Research Activities 

  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.