School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

2015 MSc Students

Awadhi Mashombo - Tanzani

Barnaba Makavu - Tanzania

Goodluck Ringo - Tanzania

 My name is Goodluck Douglass Ringo a citizen from Tanzania. I did my first degree at Sokoine University of Agriculture for three years and awarded bachelor of science in agriculture general on 2012. My degree gives me the ability to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge in the general areas of agriculture together with the necessary skills to implement crop and animal production enterprises. After graduating at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, I had the opportunity to work with Africa Rice Center which is one of 15 International Agricultural Research Centers in Tanzania. I held the position of Research Technician until 2014.Currently I am a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, doing Masters in Plant Breeding since January 2015.

In the first year of course work at KwaZulu – Natal University, I was highly trained with different courses related to plant breeding, both skills and management, until November 2015. In December 2015 I started my internship and research on characterization of cowpea accessions based on molecular markers, agro-morphological and grain quality traits at Agriculture Research Council ARC-Grain Crops Instit​ute at Potchefstroom, South Africa. The expected output of this research is a better understanding of genetic relatedness, maximize genetic resource availability,  identify good varieties that can be used and preferred   by farmers, and identify breeding materials that will help in selection of parents for crosses in the development of  improved yield and grain nutritional quality of cowpea accessions. This research project will contribute to increase production cowpea and availability, an important source of protein and essential micro-nutrients such as iron, zinc for resource poor farmers as well as an essential component of cropping systems in Tanzania. It is a crop of major importance to the nutrition of poor rural households in Tanzania.


Josephine Pasipanodya - Zimbabwe

I am currently conducting research on dry bean in Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa. Key focus of my work is to identify Angular leaf Spot resistant cultivars, its mode of resistance and as well as a virulence study on 12 differential cultivars. The motive behind my work is that dry bean is the main legume crop for direct human consumption in South Africa, however, its production is being challenged by diseases which also reduced yields significantly. To date there are only a few resistant cultivars but with no complete immunity. Angular leaf spot is a problematic disease in KZN as warm and humid climatic conditions characteristics of the region tend to favour disease development. Additionally part of my work involves evaluation of the Ciat Regional Angular Leaf Spot nursery.  I am enthusiastic on working with dry bean breeding work as I feel an urgent need to address production challenges and ensure profitability for the large scale farmers and food security for the small scale farmers.


Patience Kumbula Zimbabwe

Sanelisiwe Mzobe - South Africa

I’m Sanelisiwe Mzobe, 24 years of age. I’m from Greytown. I’m currently registered as a second year student in Masters (Plant Breeding) and doing an internship at Limagrain (Link Seed). I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2014 at University of KwaZulu-Natal (PMB) and I got the privilege to do masters the following year (2015).

I’m researching about maize, looking at early maturity. The reason for breeding early maturing maize is drought. This type of maize will have the ability to escape drought and by that maize production will be sustained to the maximum, since it a stable food for more than 1.2 billion people in SA and it used for a lot of other things in the world.

Sheila Juma - Mozambique

Sombo Chinyama - Zambia



Wilson Nkhata - Malawi

My focus is on common bacterial blight, a disease of economic importance worldwide in dry beans which causes a loss of over 60% in yield especially in Africa under severe conditions. Wilson is developing resistance cultivars to the disease using the most popular cultivars in South Africa.  He is also screening regional and International dry bean nurseries for common bacterial resistance. He is evaluating yield stability of newly registered dry bean cultivars in South Africa. Wilson believe that his research will not result into the award of academic qualification only but will also have a positive impact on human livelihood in South Africa and beyond its borders.

Personal Mission Statement

“Developing advanced relevant technologies and innovations through application of art and science of agriculture to liberate human race from food insecurity and extreme poverty”

Main Goal

“To champion research that advocates humanity”

Why dry bean

Dry bean is the most important legume for direct consumption worldwide. It is the main source of protein especially in rural population of sub Saharan Africa. Where average annual consumption exceed 30 kg per person. It is also a source of income among rural women who are primary producers in sub Saharan Africa. Despite being a very important crop it is been regarded as an orphan crop and has received little attention in terms of research when compared with other food crops such as Maize.  This is why I decided to work on the crop with a major focus on one of the most important production constrain.  I believe any positive outcome from the research will liberate a certain group of people in our society from food insecurity and poverty.