Dr Xavier Poshiwa
PhD in Rangeland Ecology and Resource Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2013
MSc in Animal Science,University of Zimbabwe, 2000
BSc in Agriculture,University of Zimbabwe, 1997
Dr Xavier Poshiwa is the Acting Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. He graduated in 1997 with a BSc in Agriculture, an MSc in Animal Science in 2000, from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD in Rangeland Ecology and Resource Conservation in 2013 from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. After graduation he started his research career at Grasslands Research Station, Marondera, Zimbabwe as a Rangeland Ecologist in the year 2000. In 2007, he joined the Resource Ecology Group, Wageningen University, through the INREF project “Competing claims on natural resources: overcoming mismatches in resource use through multi-scale perspectives”. In 2012, Dr Poshiwa joined Great Zimbabwe University as a Senior Lecturer only up to December 2012. Dr Poshiwa has been working for Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, then UZMCAST as a Senior Lecturer since January 2013. He was appointed Acting Dean of Studies in October 2014 up to date.
Dr Poshiwa took part in various collaborative research programmes: “Tropical forage and ley legume technology for sustainable grazing and cropping systems in Southern Africa”, funded by ACIAR (2000 to 2005); “The effects of ultra- high Stocking density grazing management procedure on the productivity of veld and livestock – a monitoring exercise” (2000) – Sponsored by Cattle Producers Association of Zimbabwe and “Symbionts in Agro forestry systems: What are the long term impacts of inoculation on the growth of Calliandra calothyrsus and its intercrops?”, funded by the EU (2001 to 2006).
Dr Poshiwa is a Rangeland ecologist who has interest in animal nutrition, pasture sciences and nature conservation and management. He has published twenty (20) publications in International peer-reviewed book chapters and refereed journals. Dr Poshiwa has supervised and co-supervised 9 Undergraduate and 7 Masters students. Has taught undergraduate and Master of Science courses in Dairy production, Forage, fodder and soil improving crops, Ecology and Management of Wildlife and Rangeland and Animal production.
Selected Publications by Dr Xavier Poshiwa
Poshiwa, X., Ngongoni, N.T., Manyuchi, B., Chakoma, C., Tigere, A (2004). The effect of plane of nutrition on purine derivatives excretion in sheep and goats. Estimation of Microbial Protein Supply in Ruminants Using Urinary Purine Derivatives. Harinder, P.S. Makkar and X. B. Chen (Eds). Kluwer Academic Publishers. Dordrecht/Boston/London. pp 140-148. ISBN-1-4020-2802-4.
Poshiwa, X., Groeneveld, R.A., Heitkönig, I. M.A., Prins, H.H.T. and E. C. van Ierland. (2013). Reducing rural households income fluctuations through diversification of wildlife use: portfolio theory in a case study of south eastern Zimbabwe. Tropical Conservation Science: 6 (2) pp 201-220.
Poshiwa, X., Groeneveld, R.A., Heitkönig, I. M.A., Prins, H.H.T. and E. C. van Ierland., (2013). Wildlife as insurance against rainfall fluctuations in a semi-arid savanna setting of southeastern Zimbabwe. Tropical Conservation Science: 6 (1) pp 108-125.
Masocha, M., Skidmore, A. K., Poshiwa, X and Prins, H.H.T. (2011). Frequent burning promotes invasions of alien plants into a mesic African savanna. Biological Invasions: 13 (7) 1641-1648.
Mugabe, P., Majee, D., Poshiwa, X., Chigariro, B., Ndlovu, B., Washayanyika, F., and Mukombe, N. (2004). Evaluation of Herbaceous forage legumes introduced into communally managed rangelands in Zimbabwe. Tropical Legumes for Sustainable Farming Systems in Southern Africa and Australia. ACIAR proceedings Number 115, pp 51-57. ISBN 1 86320 419 9.