Staff Profile

/Dr Veronica Makuvaro
Dr Veronica Makuvaro

Position: Chairperson & Senior Lecturer


  • DPhil in Agricultural Meteorology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein , South Africa, 2014. Research topic: “Impact of climate change on smallholder farming in Zimbabwe, using a modeling approach.”
  • Master of Science, Agricultural Meteorology, University of Zimbabwe, 1997.

Thesis title: “Using a satellite-derived vegetation index, NDVI, to estimate maize

yields in selected communal areas of Zimbabwe”.

  • Bachelor of Science Honors in Agriculture (Crop Science major),University

Of Zimbabwe, 1988.

Research Interests:

  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Agronomy
  • Agro meteorology (crop bias); teaching & learning


  • Articles in refereed journals


    • Makuvaro Veronica,Walker Sue, Munodawafa Adelaide, Masere Tirivashe Phillip, Murewi Cyril and Chagonda Ignatius, 2014. An overview of current agronomic practices of smallholder farmers in semi-arid Central and Western Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research,. 9(35):2710-2720.
    • Misheck Chandiposha, Chagonda Ignatius and Makuvaro Veronica. 2013. Utilisation of common grain crops in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Food Science, 7(9): 253-257
    • Ignatius Chagonda, Adelaide Munodawafa, Francis T. Mugabe, Veronica Makuvaro, Philip Masere, Cyril T. F. Murewi. 2013. Comparative performance of scientific and indigenous knowledge on seasonal climate forecasts: A case study of Lupane, semi- arid Zimbabwe. International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, 3(5):1-9.
    • Chiroro, D., Milford, J and Makuvaro V. 2006. An investigation in the utility of the sunscan septometer in estimating the leaf area index of a sugarcane canopy. Proceedings of South African Sugar Technology Association, (80):143-147.
  • Zirebwa, F.S., Kapenzi, A., Makuvaro, V., Sammie, B. and Madanzi, T. An evaluation of the performances and subsequent calibration of three solar radiation estimation models for semi-arid climates in Midlands, Zimbabwe. (paper accepted for publication in the Midlands State University Journal of science, Agriculture and Technology – MSUJSAT).


    • Makuvaro Veronica, Ngara Rosemary and Magwa Simuforosa, 2015. Barriers to effective learning by university students on Work-Related Learning: A case study of students on work related learning in Gweru urban area of Zimbabwe. Journal of Social Sciences Research, 7(1):1250-1260.
    • Magwa, S., Makuvaro, V. and Ngara, R. 2015. Challenges Encountered in Scaffolding Undergraduate Research Projects: the Case of Three Universities in Zimbabwe. Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research (JEPER) 2(10):58-65.
  • Ngara, R., Makuvaro, V. and Magwa, S. 2016. Quality Assurance Effectiveness: Perceptions of Students and Lecturers on the Quality Assurance Mechanisms Employed in the PGDE Programme at Zimbabwe Open University. International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences, 6(2): 17-25.




  • Mutikani, V and Shumba E, 2002. Environmental management in Zimbabwe. Have the national plans worked? Organization for Social Sciences Research in Southern and E, Environmental series no. 4. Ethiopia. 58pp.
  • Book Chapters


  • Munodawafa, A., Makuvaro, V., Dimes, J., Mugabe, F., Masere, P., Murewi, C. and Chagonda, I. 2011. Developing farmers’ coping and adaptation strategies to climatic variability and change in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe: Chapter 4: pp 277-294. In: Adaptation to Climate Change: Strategies for exchange and sharing of information for the benefit of communities. Edited by Amadou Sall and Amadou Moctar Dieye ISBN 978-2-9534155-2-0. Copyright© CES, Dakar 2011.

Conference / workshop papers

  • Makuvaro Veronica, Walker Sue, Dimes John, Hargreaves John, Crimp Steve and Gwazane Munyaradzi, 2015. Simulating climate change effects on growth and yield of maize grown under semi-arid conditions of central Zimbabwe. Paper presented at the Fifth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) “Africa, Sustainable Development and Climate Change: prospects of Paris and beyond” October 28–30, 2015. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
  • Makuvaro, V., Murewi, C., S. Crimp, S. and Walker, S. 2010. Evidence of Climate Change from Rainfall Data in Semi-arid Zimbabwe. Poster presentation made at the 11th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP‐SA Symposium held on 27-29 October 2010 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.



  • Mutikani, V. 1998.Dissemination and Utilization of the 1997/98 seasonal climate forecasts by the Department of Agricultural Technical and Extension (AGRITEX) services. Proceedings of the Post Season National Climate Stakeholders Seminar, Harare– 1998
  • Mutikani, V. 1998.Lessons learnt from the 1997/98 seasonal climate forecasting process.Proceedings of the workshop on Improving Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasts in the Communal Farming Sector. Department of Meteorology – Ministry of Transport and Energy, Harare.

Non-refereed publications and research reports /papers papers

  • Mugabe, F.T., A. Munodawafa., J. Dimes., D.H. Nanja., P. Carberry., M. Mwale., C. Mubaya., V. Makuvaro., I. Chagonda., P. Masere., E. Mutsvangwa and C. Murewi. 2010. Building Adaptive Capacity to cope with Increasing Vulnerability due to Climate Change. Technical Report, Climate Change and Adaptation in Africa (CCAA), IDRC project number: 104144. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, ON, Canada.
  • Mutikani, V. 1994.Production and Utilization of soyabeans at home.Department of Agricultural Technical and Extension Services (AGRITEX), Training Branch , Harare.
  • Mutikani, V. 1994.How to grow sunflowers.A guideline for smallholder farmers.Department of Agricultural Technical and Extension Services (AGRITEX) Training Branch ,Harare.

Community Engagement / Outreach programmes:

  • Engaging agricultural extension officers in Gweru District on Climate information with focus on climate change and Agriculture as well as seasonal rainfall forecasts: Participated and made a presentation on “Overview of Climate change and Agriculture” at a one day workshop held for AGRITEX officers from Gweru District and organized by The Faculty of NRM&A at MSU: November, 2015.
  • Conducting farmer workshops in Lower Gweru area on climate change information : November 2010
  • Conducting farmer workshops on the use of seasonal climate forecasts, under the Zimbabwe/Zambia IDRC climate change project (IDRC/CCAA project number 104144)–September 2008 – September 2009.
  • Farmer training on summer field and horticultural crop production – team work, September 2004.
  • Training of small-scale irrigation farmers on effective and safe use of agro-chemicals on both field and horticultural crops; July – August, 2003
  • Training Agricultural Extension officers on: Formulation of extension strategies given a seasonal climate forecast (1998) – Joint exercise between AGRITEX (National Early Warning Unit for Food Security- Zimbabwe) and the Zimbabwe Meteorological Department)

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