Paul Mapfumo
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BornPaul Mapfumo
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
EmployerUniversity of Zimbabwe
PredecessorLevi Nyagura

Paul Mapfumo is a Zimbabwean academic, administrator and researcher par excellence. He is the current University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor.


Paul Mapfumo is the University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor, replacing the long-serving Prof Levi Nyagura who left the institution under a cloud in April. He had been Acting Vice Chancellor since August 17, 2018.[1]

Educational background

He attended the University of Zimbabwe. He holds the following qualifications, a Bachelors (BSc) Hons Agric degree (UZ), MPhil and a PhD (UZ).[2]

Positions Held

At national level, he is currently chairperson of the National Manpower Advisory Council, board member Zimbabwe Staff College Control Board, board member Zimbabwe National Army Schools Welfare Trust, lead expert Zimbabwe National Geospatial Agency, and delegate Zimbabwe Climate Change Negotiation Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2014-16, 2018).

Prof Mapfumo also serves as a member of the United Nations High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security and convener for the UN international report on agroecology, among a host of distinguished posts.


Area of Specialization: Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in tropical agro-ecosystems; Legume Biological Nitrogen Fixation; Soil fertility management; Farming systemsecology;Agro-ecosystems analysis; Participatory research methods.


  1. Manzeke G.M., Mapfumo P., Mtambanengwe F., Chikowo R., Tendayi T. and Cakmak I. 2012. Soil fertility management effects on maize productivity and grain zinc content in smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe. Plant and SoilDOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1332-2
  2. Mtambanengwe F., Mapfumo P., Chikowo R. and Chamboko T. 2012. Climate change and variability: Smallholder farming communities in Zimbabwe portray a varied understanding. African Crop Science Journal20: 227-241
  3. Tittonell P., Scopel E., Andrieu N., Posthumus H., Mapfumo P., Corbeels M., van Halsema G.E., Lahmar R., Lugandu S., Rakotoarisoa J., Mtambanengwe F.,Pound B., Chikowo R., Naudin K., Triomphe B., and Mkomwa S. 2012. Agroecology-based aggradation-conservation agriculture (ABACO): Targeting innovations to combat soil degradation and food insecurity in semi-arid Africa. Field Crops Research132: 168–174
  4. Kabambe V. H., Chilimba A. D. C., Ngwira A., Mbawe M., Kambauwa G. and Mapfumo P. 2012. Using innovation platforms to scale out soil acidity-ameliorating technologies in Dedza district in central Malawi. African Journal of Biotechnology11(3):561-569.
  5. Mapfumo P. 2011. Comparative Analysis of the Current and Potential Role of Legumes in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Southern Africa. Chapter 8 In: Bationo, A.; Waswa, B.; Okeyo, J.M.; Maina, F.; Kihara, J.; Mokwunye, U. (Eds.) Fighting Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Multiple Roles of Legumes in Integrated Soil Fertility Management. 1st Edition. Springer, NY, USA. Pp 175-200. ISBN: 978-94-007-1535-6
  6. Giller K.E., Tittonell P., Rufino M.C. van Wijk M.T., Zingore S. Mapfumo P., Adjei-Nsiah S.,Herrero M., Chikowo R., Corbeels M., Rowe E.C., Baijukya F., Mwijage A., Smith J., Yeboah E., van der Burg W.J., Sanogo O.M., Misiko M., de Ridder N. Karanja S. Kaizzi C. K’ungu J. Mwale M., Nwaga D., Pacini C., Vanlauwe B. 2011. Communicating complexity: Integrated assessment of trade-offs concerning soil fertility management within African farming systems to support innovation and development. Agricultural Systems104(2):191-203.
  7. Rufino M.C., Dury J., Tittonell P., van Wijk M.T., Herrero M., Zingore S., Mapfumo P. and 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 .
  8. Adjei-Nsiah S., Issaka R. N., Fening J. O., Mapfumo P. Anchirina V. and Giller K. E. 2010. Farmers’ Perceptions of Climate Change and Variability and Existing Opportunities for Adaptation in Wenchi Area of Ghana. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses2:49-59
  9. Nezomba H., Tauro T.P., Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2010. Indigenous legume fallows (indifallows) as an alternative soil fertility resource in smallholder maize cropping systems. Field Crops Research115:149–157
  10. Tauro T.P., Nezomba H., Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2010. Population dynamics of mixed indigenous legume fallows and influence on subsequent maize following mineral P application in smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe. Nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems88:91-101 2010. Nitrogen and phosphorus capture and recovery efficiencies, and crop responses to a range of soil fertility management strategies in sub-Saharan Africa.Nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems 88:59-77
  11. Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2009. Combating food insecurity on sandy soils in Zimbabwe: The legume challenge. Symbiosis 48:25-36
  12. Nezomba H., Tauro T.P., Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2009. Indigenous legumes biomass quality and influence on C and N mineralization under indigenous legume fallow systems. Symbiosis 48:78-91
  13. Tauro T.P., Nezomba H., Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2009. Germination, field establishment patterns and nitrogen fixation of indigenous legumes on nutrient-depleted soils. Symbiosis 48:92-101
  14. Mapfumo, P., Chikowo, R., Mtambanengwe, F., Adjei-Nsiah, S., Baijukya, F., Maria, R., Mvula, A. and Giller, K. 2008. Farmers’ perceptions lead to experimentation and learning. LEISA 24: 30-31.
  15. Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2008. Smallholder farmer management impacts on particulate and labile carbon fractions of granitic sandy soils in Zimbabwe.Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 81:1-15
  16. Nezomba H., Tauro T.P, Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2008. Nitrogen fixation and biomass productivity of indigenous legumes for fertility restoration of abandoned soils in smallholder farming systems. South African Journal of Plant and Soil 25(3):161-171.
  17. Mapfumo P., Mtambanengwe F. and Vanlauwe B. 2007. Organic matter quality and management effects on enrichment of soil organic matter fractions in contrasting soils in Zimbabwe. Plant Soil 296:137-150.
  18. Chivenge P. P., Murwira H. K., Giller K. E., Mapfumo P. and Six, J. 2007. Long-term impact of reduced tillage and residue management on soil carbon stabilization: Implications for conservation agriculture on contrasting soils. Soil & Tillage Research. 94:328-337.
  19. Nezomba H., Tauro T.P., Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 2007. Biomass productivity of N2-fixing indigenous legumes on sandy soils under smallholder rain-fed conditions of Zimbabwe. African Crop Science Conference Proceedings 8: 1505-1512. 27-31
  20. Tauro T.P., Nezomba H., Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P.2007. Field emergence and establishment of indigenous N2-fixing legumes for soil fertility restoration.African Crop Science Conference Proceedings 8: 1929-1935.
  21. Mtambanengwe, F. and Mapfumo, P. 2006. Effects of organic resource quality on soil profile N dynamics and maize yields on sandy soils in Zimbabwe. Plant and Soil 281(1-2):173-190.
  22. Chikowo, R., Mapfumo, P., Leffelaar, P. and Giller, K.E. 2006.Integrating legumes to improve N cycling on smallholder farms in sub-humid Zimbabwe: Resource quality, biophysical and environmental limitations. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 76:219-231
  23. Mtambanengwe, F. Mapfumo, P. and Vanlauwe, B. 2006. Comparative short-term effects of different quality organic resources on maize productivity under two different environments in Zimbabwe. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 76 (2-3):271-284.
  24. Mapfumo, P., Mtambanengwe, F., Mpepereki, S. and Giller, K.E. 2005. Tapping indigenous herbaceous legumes for soil fertility management by resource-poor farmers in Zimbabwe. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 109(3-4):221-233.
  25. Mtambanengwe, F. and Mapfumo, P. 2005. Organic matter management as an underlying cause for soil fertility gradients on smallholder farms in Zimbabwe.Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 73:227-243.
  26. Chikowo R., Mapfumo, P., Nyamugafata P., Giller K.E. 2004. Maize productivity and mineral N dynamics following different soil fertility management practices on a depleted sandy soil in Zimbabwe. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 102:119-131.
  27. Chikowo, R. Mapfumo, P. Nyamugafata, P. and Giller, K.E. 2004. Mineral N dynamics, leaching and nitrous oxide losses under maize following two-year improved fallows on a sandy loam soil in Zimbabwe. Plant Soil 259:315-330.
  28. Chikowo, R., Mapfumo, P., Nyamugafata, P., Giller, K.E. 2004. Woody legume fallow productivity, biological N2-fixation and residual benefits to two successive maize crops in Zimbabwe. Plant Soil 262:303-315.
  29. Chikowo R., Mapfumo, P., Nyamugafata P., Nyamadzawo G., Giller K.E. 2003. Nitrate-N dynamics following improved fallows and maize root development in a Zimbabwean sandy clay loam Agroforestry Systems 59(3): 187-195
  30. Mapfumo, P., Campbell, B.M., Mpepereki, S. and Mafongoya, P. 2001. Legumes in soil fertility management: The case of pigeonpea in smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe. African Crop Science Journal 9:629-644
  31. Mapfumo, P., Mpepereki, S and Mafongoya, P. 2000. Pigeonpea-nodulating rhizobia prevalence and effect on inoculation response in smallholder-managed soils in Zimbabwe Experimental Agriculture 36:423-434.
  32. Mapfumo, P. Giller, K.E. Mpepereki S. and Mafongoya, P.L. 1999. Dinitrogen fixation by pigeonpea of different maturity types on granitic sandy soils in Zimbabwe.Symbiosis 27:305-318.
  33. Mtambanengwe F. and Mapfumo P. 1999. Nitrogen cycling in non-N2-fixing tree legumes: challenges for biological nitrogen fixation research in savanna ecosystems.Symbiosis 27:293-303.
  34. Mapfumo, P. 1999. Legumes: An underutilized resource in Communal Areas. Zimbabwe Science News 32:54-57.
  35. Mapfumo, P., Mafongoya, P and Mpepereki, S. 1998. Opportunities for introduction of pigeonpea into smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe. Transactions of the Scientific Association of Zimbabwe 72:60-65.


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