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Dr. Shamie Zingore

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ICIPE Compound
Duduville – Kasarani, Thika Road
P.O. Box 30772-00100,
Nairobi, Kenya
Shamie Zingore was born in 1976, in north-east Zimbabwe and brought up in Harare. He received his Bsc and Msc degrees in Soil Science at the University of Zimbabwe in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He worked for the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering as research assistant before studying for a PhD at Wageningen University with support from the Tropical soil Biology and Fertility Institute of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (TSBF-CIAT). On completion of his PhD in 2006, he took a research position with TSBF-CIAT and implemented regional projects that developed principles for improving management of fertilizers and organic nutrient resources within complex and heterogeneous crop-livestock farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. He worked extensively with farmer groups, input suppliers and other stakeholders to develop innovations, build capacity, and promote information exchange on soil fertility management practices for enhancing productivity of agriculture in Africa. He has a strong interest in application of crop-soil models and decision support systems to improve recommendations for fertilizer and soil fertility management.


Bsc, Univeristy of Zimbabwe, 1999
Msc, University of Zimbabwe, 2002
Phd, Wagenigen University, 2006

Awards & Recognition

  • 2011 Excellence in Mentoring Award by African Women in Agricultural R & D (AWARD)
  • Rockefeller graduate student Fellowship, 1999.
  • Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student. Rockefeller Foundation Forum for Agricultural Husbandry Meeting, Entebbe, Uganda, 2002.
  • FAO/IAEA Isotopic Science Award. Conference on Combating Soil Degradation to Enhance Food Security in Africa: The Role of Nuclear Techniques in Developing Improved Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Practices, 10-12 October 2005, ICRAF Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Professional Service

  • Vice Chairperson, Africa Soil Health Consortium (2011- present).
  • Member of the Africa Nitrogen Initiative advisory board (2010 - present).

  • Selected Publications


  1. Rusinamhodzi, L., Corbeels, M., Zingore, S., Nyamangara, J., Giller, K.E. 2013. Pushing the envelope? Maize production intensification and the role of cattle manure in recovery of degraded soils in smallholder farming areas of Zimbabwe. Field Crops Research 147: 40–53.
  2. Waswa, B.S., Vlek, P.L.G., Tamene, L.D., Okoth P., Mbalaya, D., Zingore, S. 2013. Evaluating indicators of land degradation in smallholder farming systems of western Kenya. Geoderma 196: 192–200
  3. Zingore, S., Tittonell, P., Corbeels, M., van Wijk, M.T. and Giller, K.E. 2011. Managing soil fertility diversity to enhance resource use efficiencies in smallholder farming systems: a case from Murewa District, Zimbabwe. Nutrient Cycling In Agro ecosystems 90: 87–103..
  4. Rufino, M.C., Dury, J., Tittonell, P., Wijk, M.T.v., Herrero, M., Zingore, S., Mapfumo, P., & Giller, K.E. 2011. Competing use of organic resources, village-level interactions between farm types and climate variability in a communal area of NE Zimbabwe. Agricultural Systems 104: 175–190.
  5. Giller, K.E., Tittonell, P., Rufino, M.C., Wijk, M.T.v., Zingore, S., Mapfumo, P., Adjei-Nsiah, S., Herrero, M., Chikowo, R., Corbeels, M., Rowe, E.C., Baijukya, F., Mwijage, A., Smith, J., Yeboah, E., Burg, W.J.v.d., Sanogo, O.M., Misiko, M., Ridder, N.d., Karanja, S., Kaizzi, C., K’ungu, J., Mwale, M., Nwaga, D., Pacini, C., and Vanlauwe, B. 2011. Communicating complexity: Integrated assessment of trade-offs concerning soil fertility management within African farming systems to support innovation and development. Agricultural Systems 104 191–203.
  6. Gottschalk, P., Bellarby, J., Chenu, C., Foereid, B., Smith, P.;Wattenbach, M., Zingore, S. and Smith, J. (2010) Simulation of soil organic carbon response at forest cultivation sequences using 13C measurements. Organic Geochemistry 41: 41-54.
  7. Zingore, S., Gonzalez-Estrada, E., Delve, R.J., Dimes, J., Herrero, M. and Giller, K.E. (2009) An integrated evaluation of resource use options for smallholder farms in Zimbabwe. Agricultural Systems 101: 57–68.
  8. Zingore, S., Murwira, H.K., Delve, R.J. and Giller, K.E. (2008) Variable grain legume yields, responses to phosphorus and rotational effects on maize across soil fertility gradients on African smallholder farms. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 80: 1-18.
  9. Zingore, S., Nyamangara, J., Delve, R.J. and Giller, K.E. (2008) Multiple benefits of manure: The key to maintenance of soil fertility and restoration of depleted sandy soils on African smallholder farms gradients on African smallholder farms. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 80: 267-282.
  10. Zingore, S., Murwira, H.K., Delve, R.J. and Giller, K.E. (2007) Influence of nutrient management strategies on variability of soil fertility, crop yields and nutrient balances on smallholder farms in Zimbabwe. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 119: 112-126
  11. Zingore, S., Murwira, H.K., Delve, R.J. and Giller, K.E. (2007) Soil type, historical management and current resource allocation: three dimensions regulating variability of maize yields and nutrient use efficiencies on smallholder farms. Field Crops Research 101: 296-305.
  12. Tittonell, P., Zingore, S., van Wijk, M.T., Corbeels, M. and Giller, K.E (2007) Nutrient use efficiencies and crop responses to N, P and manure applications in Zimbabwean soils: Exploring management strategies across soil fertility gradients. Field Crops Research 100:348-368.
  13. Zingore S., Manyame C., Nyamugafata P. and Giller K.E. (2005) Long-term changes in organic matter of woodland soils cleared for arable cropping in Zimbabwe. European Journal of Soil Science 57: 727-736.
  14. Zingore S., Nyamugafata P., Mafongoya P. and Giller K.E. 2003. Nitrogen mineralization and maize yields following application of tree prunings to a sandy soil in Zimbabwe. Agroforestry Systems 57: 199-211.