An agronomist with a multidisciplinary background in crop production, soil fertility and plant nutrition, plant breeding, seed production and integrated crop management research – (encompassing on-farm and on-station agronomy research), mixed crop-livestock farming systems and agroforestry. Interested in promoting the role of agriculture in economic and rural development in African countries. Trained and experienced in participatory methodologies
An agronomist with a multidisciplinary background in crop production, soil fertility and plant nutrition, plant breeding, seed production and integrated crop management research – (encompassing on-farm and on-station agronomy research), mixed crop-livestock farming systems and agroforestry. Interested in promoting the role of agriculture in economic and rural development in African countries. Trained and experienced in participatory methodologies and vast experience in on-farm participatory research and the complexity, transdisciplinary and sustainability research paradigms. Very good knowledge of the use of statistical tools in agriculture and social science research.
Senior Researcher @ Breeding of underutilized crops - indigenous vegetables, flower bulbs and cactus pear using classical and biotech methods (polyploidy breeding and marker assisted breeding).
Conceptualise, initiate, lead and manage research projects in indigenous vegetables and flower bulbs and other crops
Develop new indigenous vegetable and flower bulb cultivars
Acquisition of germplasm and management of gene banks and other plant breeding related projects
Execute agronomy trials to support breeding programme
Collect process and statistically analyse data and keep records.
Compile all types of reports and articles for publication in scholarly and popular journals/magazines
Supervise and mentor postgraduate students, research technicians and assistants
Managing human, financial and other material resources From August 2014 to Present (1 year 5 months) Pretoria Area, South AfricaLecturer @ Teaching - Designing and teaching postgraduate and undergraduate agronomy modules such as Genetic Concepts in Plant Breeding; Plant Breeding Methods, Introduction to Soil Science, Weed Control, Field Crop Production, Vegetable Crop Production, Horticultural Crop Production etc.
Student supervision - Supervising postgraduate (MSc and Honours) and undergraduate students From August 2011 to July 2014 (3 years) Lecturer @ From August 2005 to October 2006 (1 year 3 months) Research agronomist @ Designing and conducting of on-farm and on-station agronomic trials for establishing optimum plant population and fertilizer requirements for dwarf maize hybrid under subsistence farmer conditions. Managing field trials, data collection and analysis, interpretation of results and writing of reports.
Designing and conducting experiments on micronutrient fertilizers, fortified organic fertilizer and utilization of water hyacinth, forestry wastes and other organic soil amendments. Promotion of fortified organic fertilizer to farmers. Designing experiments on the use of bio-fertilizers like free living nitrogen fixing bacteria, phosphate solubilizing microbes and Effective Microbes (EM)
Providing technical support to farmers, collaboration with agricultural and rural development organizations. Training farmers in conservation farming techniques. From June 2003 to August 2005 (2 years 3 months) Student @ From 2001 to 2005 (4 years)
PhD, Agronomy/Soil Science/Food Security @ Stellenbosch University/Universiteit Stellenbosch From 2010 to 2013 Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Agronomy and Crop Science @ University of Zimbabwe From 2001 to 2005 Bsc, Agriculture (Agronomy) @ Africa University From 1993 to 1996 Part 1 of Forestry Diploma - Forestry Field Experience Scheme, Forestry @ Zimbabwe College of Forestry From 1992 to 1992 High School, Sciences, Cambridge Advanced Level @ Marondera High School From 1990 to 1991 High School, O Level @ Rakodzi High School, Marondera From 1986 to 1989 Stellenbosch University/Universiteit Stellenbosch Sydney Mavengahama is skilled in: Agriculture, Science, Lecturing, Research, University Teaching, Rural Development, Sustainability, Agronomy, Sustainable Agriculture, Plant Breeding, Statistics, Data Analysis, Genetics, Sustainable Development, Molecular Biology
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