FAES Research Agenda

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.

FieldThematic AreaSub-Thematic Areas
AgricultureEducation and ExtensionExtension approaches
Economics and ManagementValue chain management
Horticultural and Field CropsCrop Protection- pathology; weed science
Conservation agriculture
Flood-recession cropping
Soil fertility management
Postharvest management
Integrated water and nutrient management
Conservation of genetic resources
Environmental and Health ScienceEnvironmental ScienceImpact assessment of agricultural projects and programmes
Mine dump land reclamation
Restoration ecology
Tobacco curing
Waste management
Vegetation diversity
Forest and Plantation ScienceForest pathology

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 StudyName of StudentSexResearch TopicSuperviors
PhDChimweta Moreblessing FOptimizing maize yield under flood-recession croppingin the Zambezi Valley floodplains, northern ZimbabweDr. IW NyakudyaProf. AB Mashingaidze
Dr. L. Jimu(Chinhoyi University of Technology)
Kubiku Friday Nguvayakwana MResilience in agriculture to climate change through sustainable crop intensification: An adaptive agroecological management approach for semi-arid smallholder farmers in ZimbabweProf. 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 MSorghum value chain development prospects for Mbire District of ZimbabweDr. L MusemwaProf. A Mushunje (University of Fort Hare)
Dr. M Mutenje
Prof. C Pfukwa
MPhilMutetwa EdmoreMGenetic relatedness of Zimbabwe open-pollinated maize varieties based on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) and implications on morphological characterisation proceduresMr. K MutsengiDr C. Mujaju (Seed-Co )
Dube SimbarasheMAdoption of organic farming among smallholder farmers in ZimbabweDr. L Musemwa 
Dr. CT Gadzirayi
Fungai GamuFEvaluation of adoption of conservation agriculture practices by smallholder farmers, factors influencing choice of practice and economic returnsDr. E ZivengeDr S Siziba (University of Zimbabwe)
Dr. IW Nyakudya
Anita ChihotaFEffect of climate change on tsetse population dynamicsDr. TJ Zindove 
Mr. M Dhliwayo
 Takunda Dzavo MRelationship between morphometric traits and health status in beef cattleDr. TJ Zindove 
Mr. M Dhliwayo
Matope AlphonceMRelationship between conformation traits and heat tolerance in beef cattleDr. TJ Zindove 
Mr. M Dhliwayo
Pasipanodya Chiturike MAdoption of in-field rainwater harvesting technologies, crop crop intensification and their effects on maize yield in the semi-arid areas of Marange, Mutare DistrictProf. G Nyamadzawo 
Mr. J. Gotosa
Dr. IW Nyakudya
Fadzai Miriam MoyoFThe effects of in-contour rainwater harvesting and integrated nutrient management on maize yields in semi-arid Marange toposequencesProf. G Nyamadzawo 
Mr. J. Gotosa
Dr. IW Nyakudya
Andrew Tapiwa Kugedera MThe role of rainwater harvesting and agroforestry in improving sorghum productivity in MasvingoProf. G Nyamadzawo 
Petra Gwaka Effect of different residue retention strtaegies on maize cropping system productivity in ZimbabweProf. G Nyamadzawo 
Elvis Chiboyiwa MOccupational musculoskeletal disorders among informal welders in selected small towns of ZimbabweDr. F. Ncube 
Mr A Kanda
Rukondo LorraineFEffects of biochar on soil physical and chemical properties and performance of Brassica napus.Prof. G Nyamadzawo 
Tapiwa MakukuFExploring effects of pyrolysis regimes on nutrient content and use of biochar in integrated soil nutrient managementProf. 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 TitleFunding OrganisationBUSE Project TeamPartners
Plant community development on a chronosequence of abandoned gold and nickel mine tailings dumps in the great dyke region in ZimbabweInternational Foundation for Science (IFSTatenda NyendaProf. Willis Gwenzi (Supervisor)
(Grant Holder)University of Zimbabwe
Optimizing maize yield under flood recession cropping in the Zambezi valley floodplains, northern ZimbabweIFSMs M Chimweta (PhD student and grants Holder)Prof. Anold Bray Mashingaidze (Supervisor)
International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)Dr. IW NyakudyaChinhoyi University of Technology
Association of African Universities (AAU)Dr. L Jimu 
Mobilization of data on non-timber forest products’ species in Zimbabwe’s five biodiversity hotspots: towards the enhancement of food security and human healthEuropean Union (EU)Dr. L MujuruNational Botanical Gardens
Dr. L JimuForestry Commisssion
Dr. J Muvengwi 
Dr. Admore Mureva 
Dr. IW Nyakudya 
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 ZimbabweRegional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) (CARP)Prof. G NyamadzawoMagamba Training Centre
Dr. R Mandumbu
Dr. B Masamha
Ms A Kamota
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 GadzirayiUniversity of Venda, South Africa