Dr Z. A. Chiteka

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Prof. Fanuel Tagwira

Endowed Chair Professor of Soil and Environmental Science

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources
 
   

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Biography:
Prof. Fanuel Tagwira holds an Endowed Professorial Chair in the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, specializing in Soil Chemistry, Soil Fertility and Environmental Science.  He is a leading authority in Soil Chemistry and Soil Nutrient Management.  He was Visiting  Professor  at Purdue University for the academic year 2014/15,  working on Climate Change effects on Agriculture. Prior to that, Prof Tagwira was the third Vice Chancellor/President of Africa University.  Prof. Tagwira was a founding faculty member of the University, having joined Africa University at its inception in 1992.  He rose through the ranks from Senior Lecturer,   Associate Professor, Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources to Vice Chancellor.  Prof. Tagwira has comprehensive knowledge of Zimbabwean Agriculture having worked extensively with both commercial and smallholder farmers and being among the first group of black professionals to join the Ministry of Agriculture soon after Independence.  He worked for the government for 10 years in research and advisory services and rising to become a Principal Research Scientist and Head of Soil Fertility and Crop Nutrition in the Department of Research and Specialist Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Zimbabwe.   

Prof Tagwira holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry (National University of Lesotho), M.Sc. Soil Chemistry (Reading University, UK) and PhD in Soil Chemistry and Fertility awarded by University of Zimbabwe but carried out jointly with Michigan State University. Tagwira has supervised many graduate students and has published extensively in international, regional and local journals and proceedings. He has also published book chapters.  He has received awards of distinction for his research.
 
Prof Tagwira is a Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences, Board Chair of  SADC Center for the Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa, (CCARDESA), board member of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and past board member of the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) and the Regional Universities Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (RUFORUM). Prof Tagwira sits on the board of a number of Companies/ Organizations. He is married to Margaret and they have 4 children (3 daughters and 1 Son).


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Research Grants:

  1. Rockefeller foundation- Research and M.Sc. Training Grant
  2. International Foundation for Science – Research Grant
  3. Kellogg Foundation – Outreach Grant
  4. RUFORUM – Research and M.Sc. training Grant
  5. LEAD International – DRISS Research Grant

 Reviewer of research grant proposals for donor organizations.


Outreach activities:
Assisting smallholder farmers with food security issues. Training farmers on growing grain amaranth, Moringa and other valuable but less known but nutritious crops.
Working with City residents on implementation of Agenda 21.    

Sample publications:
Book Chapters:

1. Tagwira, F. 1997. Conservation Techniques for Sustainable Crop Production in Zimbabwe pp 118-128 IN Environment and sustainable development in East and Southern Africa. Eds. A. Ghaffer M. Ahmed and W. Mlay. Macmillan Press Ltd  (UK). ISBN 0-333-69942-4

2. Tagwira, F.  2001. Soil fertility and Fertilizer Use. In  Field Guide of Appropriate Technology.   Eds. Barret Hazeltine. Academic Press. San Diego. CA. U.S.A. (In press)

3. Tagwira, F. 1994. Chemical and Physical factors associated with micronutrient status and availability in Zimbabwean soils.  Page 128-141. In Dambo Farming in Zimbabwe. Eds. Owen, R. Verbeek, K., Jackson, J. and T. Steenhuis.

Journals Papers:

  1. Jones, U.S., M. Piha, and F. Tagwira. 1989. Evaluation of four soil tests extractants for  Zimbabwean soils. Comm. in        Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 20: (17&18) 1857-1871.
  2. Tagwira, F., T. Oloya and G.G. Nleya. 1992. Copper status and distribution in the major  Zimbabwean soils. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. Vol. 23: (7-8): 659 – 673.
  3. Tagwira, F. 1992. Soil erosion and conservation for sustainable agriculture in Zimbabwe.   J. Soil and Water Conservation pp 370 - 376.
  4. Tagwira, F., M. Piha and L Mugwira. 1992. Zinc distribution in Zimbabwean soils and its     relationship with other factors. Comm. in Soil Sci. and Plant Analysis 24: (9- 10) 841 - 861.
  5. Tagwira, F., M. Piha and L. Mugwira. 1992. Effect of pH and P on zinc adsorption in Zimbabwean soils. Comm. Soil Sci. and Plant Analysis 24 (7-8) 701 -717.
  6. Tagwira, F., M. Piha and L. Mugwira. 1992. Effect of lime phosphorus and zinc on growth, yield and zinc status of maize. Comm. in Soil Sci. Plant Analysis 24: (7-8) 717-736.
  7. Tagwira, F., M. Piha and L. Mugwira. 1992. Effect of pH, P and organic matter on zinc availability and distribution in the different soil fractions. Comm. Soil Sci. and Plant Analysis 23: (13-14) 1485-1501.
  8.  Oloya, T. and F. Tagwira. 1996. Effect of sewage sludge applications on elemental  accumulation and distribution in soil profile.  Zimbabwe J. Agric. Res. 34 (1) 11-18.
  9. Oloya, T. and Tagwira, F. 1996. Yield and elemental composition of wheat and soybeans grown on sludge amended soils. Zimbabwe J. Agric. Res. 34 (1) 19-27.
  10. Tagwira, F. 1993. Growth yield, phosphorus and zinc uptake by maize as affected by liming and phosphate applications. Zimbabwe J. Agric. Res. Vol 33 (1) 69- 82.
  11. Tagwira, F. 1993. Some chemical and physical factors that are associated with micronutrient status and availability in Zimbabwean soils. Zimbabwean J. Agric. Res. 31 pg 43-51.
  12. Tagwira, 1996. Commercial development of Vernonia Galamensis as an industrial crop. SACCAR 35:1-7.
  13. Chikowo, R. and Tagwira F and M. Piha.1999. Agronomic Effectiveness of poor quality      Manure supplemented with phosphate fertilizer on maize and groundnuts in a maize  groundnut rotation. African Crop Science Journal 7(4) 383 –395.
  14. Shoko, M., F. Tagwira and M. Zhou (2007). Potential of reducing nitrogen fertilizer rates  using soybean in  sugarcane production system in South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe. African Journal of  Agricultural Research. Vol. 2 (9) (475-480).
  15. Tembo, L; Chiteka, Z., I. Kadzere, Akinnifesi F and F. Tagwira (2008) Blanching and drying period affect moisture loss and Vitamin C content in Ziziphus mauritiana (Lamk). African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 7 (8) pp 3100-3106.
  16. Tembo, L; Chiteka, Z., I. Kadzere, Akinnifesi F and F. Tagwira (2008). Ripening stage and drying method affecting colour and quality attributes of Ziziphus mauritiana fruits in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 7 (9) pp 2509 – 2513.
  17. Tembo, L; Chiteka, Z., I. Kadzere, Akinnifesi F and F. Tagwira (2008) Storage Temperature affects fruit quality attributes of Ber (Ziziphus mauritiana Lamk.) in Zimbabwe.  African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 7 (8) pp 3092-3099.

 

  1. Shoko M., Tagwira, F., Zhou, M. and Pieterse, P.J. (2009). The use of soybean (Glycine max) as a break crop affect the sugarcane (Saccharum Officinarum) variety  CP72-2086 in Zimbabwe. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 6: 12-18.
  2. Shoko M., Tagwira, F., Zhou, M. and Pieterse, P.J. (2009) Biophysical measurements as basis for exploring yields of an irrigated plant crop of sugarcane in semi arid Zimbabwe. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 5(1): 83-89.
  3. Pahla I., Tagwira F., Muzemu S. and Chitamba J. (2013). Effects of Soil Type and Manure Level on the Establishment and Growth of Moringa oleifera Innocent International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 2013, 3(6): 226-230:
  4.  Pahla I, Tagwira F., Muziri T. and Chitamba J. (2014). Effects of pH, Nitrogen and Phosphorus on the Establishment and Growth of Moringaoleifera Lam. International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 2014, 4(3): 211-216

Research Areas:
Soil fertility management. N, P, K response curves for various soils and crops. Phosphorus and Zinc Studies in Zimbabwean soils. Research on Dorowa Phosphate Rock (DPR).  Manure and urban waste use as sources of nutrients for smallholder and peri-urban farmers. Nutrient and heavy metal accumulation is sludge treated soils.





Mr. T.A. Mtaita

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources
 
   

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EDUCATION

M.Sc. (London), B.Sc. (Sokoine, Tanzania)

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ACP 102: Plant Botany and introduction to plant physiology;

ACP 206:Ecology,

ACP 201: Crop Physiology;

ACP, AHC 302: Vegetable Production;

AHC 305 Floriculture and Principles of Landscaping;

AHC 303: Harvesting and Postharvest techniques,

AHC 301: Introduction to horticulture

AHC 304 Fruit Production.

Recent Publications

  1. Admire S, Robert M, MtaitaT and Upenyu M (2014). Influence of Main Stem Density on Irish Potato Growth and Yield: A Review. . Annual Research and Review in Biology. 4(19):………,2014. Science Domain International.
  2. Admire Shayanovako1, Robert Mangani1, Tuarira Mtaita1and UpenyuMazarura2 . Influence of Main Stem Density on Irish Potato Growth and Yield: A Review. Annual Research & Review in Biology 4(19):…………..,2014. Science Domain International www.sciencedomain.org.
  3. Matenda, T. Mtaita,T A and Shoko M (2013). Use of improved milled composted pine bark for growing tomato and cucumber seedlings in Zimbabwe. Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3(2), pp. 47 – 57, February 2013. ISSN 2276 – 7118 Scholarly-Journals.©
  4. N D Makobo, M.D Shoko and T A Mtaita.(2010). Nutrient content of Vegetable Amaranth (Amaranths cruentus L.). World Journal of Agricultural Sciences (3): 238-242,2010. ISSN 1817-3047. IDSI Publications.
  5. D Makobo, M.D Shoko and T A Mtaita.(2010). Nutrient content of Amaranthus (Amaranths cruentus L.) under different processing and preservation methods. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences (6): 238-242,2010. ISSN 1817-3047. IDSI Publications.
  6. Moses Mtetwa, Munashe Shoko and TuariraMtaita (2009). The effect of super phosphate and plant density on mini-tuber production from True Potato Seed. (TPS). International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences. ISSN 1991-8631
  7. W. Ngezimana, T AMtaita, M Shoko and M Tagwira (2008) Improving        biological efficiency of Oyster mushroom, Pleurotusostreatus Fr. (Polyporaceae), through composting and use of organic suppliments. Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sc.. 2(1): 72-80, ISSN 1991-8631
  8. Wonder NGEZIMANA, TAMtaita and ItaiMutukwa (2007)     Potential of organic residues in producing Oyster Mushrooms.    International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences. ISSN 1991-8631

Chapters in Books

  1. T A  Mtaita (1997) Women in home gardening. Small holder horticulture in Zimbabwe. University of Zimbabwe Publications. pp190-195.
  2. Mtaita T A,  B. Mangwiro and A N Mphuru (2001). The role of horticultural plants in combating desertification. Combating desertification with plants. In Dov Pasternak and Arnold Schlissel (editors). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. pp 33-438.12.
  3. Mtaita T A (2003). Producing planting material in fruit crops. Seed security for food security. A manual for development workers. In MutizwaMukute, Sarah Kimakwa and Doreen Mnyulwa (editors)  pp 184 – 194.
  4. Mtaita T A (2003). Growing fruits under marginal conditions. Field Guide to    Appropriate Technology. Academic Press. 84 Theobald’s Road, London, WCIX 8RR, UK: 344 – 348.
  5. Mtaita T A (2003). Vegetable gardening.  Field Guide to Appropriate Technology. Academic Press. 84 Theobald’s Road, London, WCIX 8RR, UK:  297 – 302.
  6. Mtaita  T A (2003).  Coconut production. Field Guide to Appropriate Technology. Academic  Press. 84 Theobald’s Road, London, WCIX 8RR, UK: 340 – 344.
  7. Mangwiro B, Thamangani S and T A Mtaita  (2003). Cassava production. Field Guide to Appropriate Technology. Academic  Press. 84 Theobald’s Road, London, WCIX 8RR, UK: 318 – 322.

Published Books

  1. Mtaita T A (2011)."Principles of Seed and Vegetable Production", (ISBN 978-3-8465-1166-4,). LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
  2. Mtaita T A (2011).Know Your Fruit Trees. (ISBN 978-3-8454-7737-4). LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
  3. Mtaita T A and ItaiMutukwa(2011) Mushroom: A crop of choice" (ISBN 978-3-8454-7074-0). ,). LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
  4. Mtaita T A and Mutetwa Moses (2012)"Facts about round potato (Solanumtuberosum).  ISBN 978-3-659-28458-8. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
  5. Mtaita T A (2012). Facts about Garden Design and Care of Flowers and Foliage.  LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
  6. Mtaita Ta and TabariraJefta (2013). "Cassava: A gentle giant for past, present and future", (ISBN 978-3-659-35368-0). . LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG

Current Research interest is on potato production in containers.



  

Dr. W. Manyangarirwa

Lecturer

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Dr. K. Mukumbi

Lecturer

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources



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EDUCATION
PhD, Retailing, International Retailing and Marketing, Michigan State University, USA, 2013
MSc, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness specialization, Michigan State University, USA, 2008
BSc, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Hons), Agribusiness specialization, Africa University, Zimbabwe, 2004

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Agribusiness Strategy and Policy

International Trade and Finance

Agricultural Policy Analysis



Agribusiness Strategy, Policy,  Marketing, Retailing, International Business, Sustainability

 

Ms. M. C. Kurehwatira

Lecturer

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources




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Education

MSc Ecological Resources Management – Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe

BSc (Honours) Natural Resources Management and Agriculture (Land and Water Resources

management – Major) – Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe



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Conservation Biology

Management of Drainage Basins and Water Resources

Introduction to Natural Resources Management

Principles of Environmental Management

Environmental Science and Pollution

Ecotourism

Freshwater Ecology

Global Environmental Changes

Mountain Ecosystems Research

Clean Technology Research



Mr. Lawrence J (Larry) Kies

Technical Advisor, Africa University Farm, Lecturer

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  


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Technical Advisor, Africa University Farm, Lecturer

EDUCATION
M Sc, Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis, USA 1993,
B Sc, Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa USA 1976

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Farm Management

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Practical Agriculture

Theology of Land Praxis

Animal Husbandry



Farm Management, Principles of Crop Production, Practical Agriculture, Theology of Land Praxis and Animal Husbandry



Mrs. M. Tagwira

Senior Laboratory Technician

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources
   


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Technical Advisor, Africa University Farm, Lecturer

EDUCATION

MPH- AU, BSc. University of Lesotho, Specialist Dip. Medical Laboratory Science (Virology), Dip. NGO Management (AU)


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Molecular biology, nutrition, gut microbiome and mushroom technology



Mr. J. Tapfuma

Technician

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources
   



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Mr. J. Tabarira

Technician

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources
   

 

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Mr. C. Chikanda

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Mr. Zendera

Technician

Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources
   

 

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Engineering  Technician

EDUCATION
M.Eng Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management  (NUST), M.Sc.  AICM. (Egerton, Kenya), B.Sc. (Hons) Agricultural Engineering (U.Z), GradZweIE

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AAE 101: Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

AAE 201: Farm Power & Machinery

AAE 302: Irrigation & Water Management

ANR 304/HGE306: Geographical Information Systems

AAE 307: Irrigation Systems Design

AAE: 305: Introduction to Land Surveying

AAE 306: Engineering Drawing

AAE 304: Hydrology

 

Zendera, W., G.O. Obwoyere, and E.K. Maranga  (2011). Application of Weather Forecasts in Agriculture: Communication Agro-meteorological Information to Smallholder Farmers in Kenya. LAP Lambert academic publishing. Germany.

 

Irrigation Systems Design, Food Processing and Postharvest Technology, Analysis and Design of Agricultural Systems, ICT4D.