Staff Profile

/Dr Nester Mashingaidze

Dr Nester Mashingaidze



  • PhD Agronomy, University of Pretoria, 2013
  • Crop Science (Agronomy), University of Zimbabwe, 2004
  • Agriculture Honours (Crop Science), University of Zimbabwe, 2000

Research Interests

  • Weed ecology, dynamics and management
  • Farming system analysis: optimization and bio-economic models, trade-off analysis, fuzzy cognitive mapping, nutrient, labor and cash flows and household typology development.
  • Participatory approaches to research through multi-stakeholder platforms (R4D and Innovation platforms), participatory modeling, on-farm demonstrations and farmer field schools.
  • Planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of on-station and on-farm agronomic experiments, trials and demonstrations.
  • Multi-disciplinary research approaches including nutrition-sensitiveagriculture, and integrated assessment and agricultural systems modeling approaches

Peer-reviewed journals

  1. Justice Nyamangara, Nester Mashingaidze, Esther NyaradzoMasvaya, KudzaiNyengerai, MachiweyiKunzekweguta, Ronald Tirivavi, KizitoMazvimavi. 2014. Weed growth and labour demand under hand-hoe based reduced tillage in smallholder farmers’ fields in Zimbabwe. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 187, 146-156.
  2. Nyamangara J., Nyengerai K., Masvaya E.N., Tirivavi R., Mashingaidze N., Mupangwa W., Dimes J., Hove L. &Twomlow S. 2014. Effect of conservation agriculture on maize yield in the semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe. Experimental Agriculture 50, 159-177
  3. Mashingaidze,N., Belder, P., Twomlow, S, Hove, L. and Moyo, M. 2013. Improving maize (Zea mays ) performance in semi-arid Zimbabwe through micro-dosing with Ammonium nitrate tablets. Experimental Agriculture 49,79-196.
  4. Mashingaidze, N., Madakadze, I.C., Twomlow, S.J., Nyamangara, J. and Hove, L.2012. Crop yield and weed growth under conservation agriculture in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Soil and Tillage Research 124, 102-110.
  5. Mashingaidze, N., Madakadze, I.C. and Twomlow, S.J. 2012. Response of weed flora to conservation agriculture systems and weeding intensity in semi-arid Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research 7(36), 5069 – 5082.
  6. Mandumbu, R., Twomlow, S.J., Jowah, P., Mashingaidze, N., L. Hove and Karavina, C. 2012. Weed Seed bank response to tillage and residue management in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection. DOI: 10.1080/03235408.2012.722842I
  7. Mandumbu R., Twomlow S., Jowa P., Mashingaidze N, Hove L., Karavina C. 2011. Weed seedbank community diversity under tillage and residue levels in a semi-arid region. Journal of Applied Science in Southern Africa 17, 25-39.
  8. Mashingaidze, N., Twomlow, S and Hove, L. 2009. Crop and weed responses to residue retention and method of weeding in the first two years of a hoe-based minimum tillage system in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research 7, 1-10.
  9. Twomlow, S., Rohrbach, D., Dimes, J., Rusike, J., Mupangwa, W., Ncube, B., Hove, L., Moyo, M., Mashingaidze, N. and Maphosa, P. 2008. Microdosing as a pathway to Africa’s Green Revolution: Evidence from broadscale on-farm trials. Cycl. Agroecosyst., 76: 137-151.

Accepted for publication

  1. Mashingaidze N., Twomlow, S., Madakadze, I.C., Mupangwa, W. &Mavunganidze, Z. Weed growth and crop yield responses to tillage and mulching under different crop  rotation sequences in semiarid conditions. Accepted pending minor revision in Soil Use and Management
  2. Mavunganidze, Z., Madakadze, C., Nyamangara, J., Mafongoya, P and Mashingaidze, N. Time, weed species composition and density of weed emergence as affected by conservation tillage on three soil types in a smallholder agricultural sector. Accepted pending revision in Weed Research


Conference proceedings

  1. Mashingaidze, N., Groot, J.C.J, Termote, C., Yang, R., Raneri, J., Remans, R., and Kennedy, G. 2015. Multifunctional assessment of nutrition-sensitive landscapes. International Conference on Integrated Systems Research: Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture. 3-6 March 2015. Ibadan.
  2. Timler, C., Michalscheck, M., Klapwijk, C., Mashingaidze, N., Ollenburger, M., Falconnier, G., Kuivanen, K., Descheemaeker, K., Groot, J.C.J., 2015. Exploring options for sustainable intensification in different farming system types of four Africa RISING countries. International Conference on Integrated Systems Research: Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture. 3-6 March 2015. Ibadan, Nigeria.
  3. Groot, J.C.J. Alvarez, S., Timler, C., Paas, W., Mashingaidze, N, Del Rio, T. et al., System Analysis in Nutrition sensitive landscapes. International Conference on Integrated Systems Research: Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture. 3-6 March 2015. Ibadan, Nigeria.
  4. Mashingaidze, N.; Nyamangara, J. and Madakadze, I.C. 2011. Weed Growth under Hand-Hoe Based Conservation Agriculture in Smallholder Farmers’ Fields in Zimbabwe. Regional Conservation Agriculture Symposium in Johannesburg 8 – 9 February 2011.
  5. Mashingaidze, N., Madakadze, I.C and Twomlow, S.2009. Response of weeds and maize to four years of planting basin tillage in semi-arid Zimbabwe. 9th African Crop Science Society Conference in Cape Town 27 September – 1 October 2009.
  6. Mashingaidze, N., Belder, P. Twomlow, S. and Hove, L. 2007. Put your plants on a nitrogen pill – an alternative microdosing strategy. In: (eds. A. Mapiki&Makgetlaneng) Land and Water Management in southern Africa – Towards better water use in arid and semi-arid areas.” Proceedings of the Second Symposium of the SADC Land & Water Management Applied Research and Training Programme held in Gaborone, Botswana on 20 -22 February 2007. pp 708-719.


Hove, L., Mashingaidze, N., Twomlow S., Nyathi, P., Moyo, M., Mupangwa, W. and Masvaya, E. 2007. Micro Doses, Mega Benefits: Promoting fertiliser use in semi-arid Zimbabwe. A manual for extension staff. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Matopos Research Station. 23 pp.