Senior Research Agronomist

Dr Tendai Polite Chibarabada

Dr Chibarabada is an Agronomist with more than 6 years working experience in agricultural research. She graduated with a PhD degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2018. She also holds a BSc in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Africa University and MSc in Crop Science from University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has co-authored 21 research articles in the field of sustainable agriculture. In 2021 she joined ZSAES as a Senior Research Agronomist and her interests are in modelling sugarcane crop growth, evaluating the applicability of remote sensing technology in sugarcane production and climate smart agriculture. Her day-to-day operations involve conducting research for sugarcane production systems and transfer of technology to sugarcane growers.

Key Publications

T.P. Chibarabada, G. Mabaya, L. Nhamo, S. Mpandeli, S. Liphadzi, K. K. Kujinga, J Kileshye-Onema, H. Makurira, D. Naidoo and M.G. Jacobson. 2022. Building capacity for upscaling the Water Energy Food nexus and guiding transformational change in Africa. In Water – Energy – Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities: A Global South Perspective. ISBN: 978-0-323-91223-5.

Li C., Kandel, Matthew K., Anghileri D., Oloo F., Kambombe O., Chibarabada T.P, Ngongondo C., Sheffield J. and Dash J. 2021. Recent changes in cropland area and productivity indicate unsustainable cropland expansion in Malawi. Environmental Research Letters, 16 (8),

Kileshye Onema J., Chibarabada T.P, When W., Somerwill W., Karoui H, Sossou S., Kenfack S., Chauke T., Tlhagale M., Boinet E., Yameogo T., Amorsi N, Quayle T., Beukman R., Genthe B. 2022. Fostering uptake of innovations and solutions for water and climate challenges in Africa: Lessons from the AfriAlliance Knowledge Brokerage Events, Environmental Science & Policy,128, 310-316.

Lu Y., Chibarabada T.P., Ziliani M.G., Onema J.M.K., McCabe M.F., Sheffield J., 2021. Assimilation of soil moisture and canopy cover data improves maize simulation using an under-calibrated crop model. Agricultural Water Management, 252, p.106884.

Lu Y., Chibarabada T.P., McCabe M.F., De Lannoy G.J. and Sheffield J. 2021. Global sensitivity analysis of crop yield and transpiration from the FAO-AquaCrop model for dryland environments. Field Crops Research, 269, p.108182.

Mabhaudhi T., Nhamo L., Chibarabada T.P., Mabaya G,.Mpandeli S., Liphadzi S., Senzanje A., Naidoo D., Modi A.T., Chivenge P.P. 2021. Assessing Progress towards Sustainable Development Goals through Nexus Planning. Water 13, 1321.

Kileshye Onema J., Chibarabada T.P, Kujinga K., Saruchera. D.T. 2020. How capacity development led to the establishment of a tri-basin agreement in the Southern African Development Community. Environmental Science & Policy 108, 14-18.

Chibarabada, T.P., Modi A.T., Mabhaudhi, T. 2019. Water use of selected grain legumes in response to varying irrigation regimes. Water SA 45: 1-11. doi:10.4314/wsa.v45i1.13.

Mabhaudhi, T., Chibarabada, T.P, Chimonyo, V.G.P., Murugani, V.G., Pereira L.M., Nafiisa Sobratee, N., Govender, L., Slotow, R., and Modi A.T. 2019. Mainstreaming underutilized indigenous and traditional crops into food systems: A South African perspective. Sustainability, 11, 172.

Chibarabada, T.P., Modi A.T., Mabhaudhi, T. 2018. Adaptation and productivity of selected grain legumes in contrasting environments of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. International Journal of Plant Production:

Mabhaudhi, T., Chibarabada, T.P., Chimonyo, V.G.P., and Modi, A.T. 2018. Modelling climate change impact: a case of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea). Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. Available online January 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2018.01.003

Mabhaudhi, T., Chimonyo, V.G.P., Chibarabada, T.P. and Modi, A.T. 2017. Developing a roadmap for improving neglected and underutilised crops: a case study of South Africa. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 2143. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02143.

Chibarabada, T.P., Modi, A.T. and Mabhaudhi, T. 2017. Nutrient content and nutritional water productivity of selected grain legumes in response to production environment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14, 1300 doi:10.3390/ijerph14111300.

Chibarabada, T.P., Modi, A.T. and Mabhaudhi, T. 2017. Expounding the value of grain legumes in the semi‒ and arid tropics. Sustainability 2017, 9, 60; doi:10.3390/su9010060

Mabhaudhi, T., Chibarabada T. and Modi, A.T. 2016. Water‒food‒nutrition‒health nexus: Linking water to improving food, nutrition and health in Sub‒Saharan Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13, 1–19.

Chibarabada, T.P., Modi, A.T. and Mabhaudhi, T. 2015. Water use characteristics of a bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea) landrace during seedling establishment. Water SA 41, 472–482.

Chibarabada, T.P., Modi, A.T. and Mabhaudhi, T. 2015. Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea) seed quality in response to water stress on maternal plants. Acta Scandinavia Section B: Plant & Soil Science, 65, 364–373.

Chibarabada T.P., Modi A.T. and Mabhaudhi T. 2014. Seed quality of a bambara groundnut landrace (Vigna subterranea) differing in seed coat colour. South African Journal of Plant and Soil: Vol 31 (4) pp 219‒225.