Dr. Regis Chikowo

Dr. Regis Chikowo

Regis Chikowo is a soil scientist by training, with BSc and MPhil Degrees from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD from Wageningen University.

He has over the past several years carried out basic and applied research on nutrient management on smallholder farms, largely in southern African countries of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Approaches that integrate legumes to tap into biological N2-fixation to sustain production on smallholder farms have been core his investigations. He also integrates crop production systems modeling to study complex farming systems.

Most recently, he has been leading the implementation of Africa RISING project in Malawi through Michigan State University and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA. He also enjoys teaching – from the basics of soil chemistry to the principles of crop production!

Contact: chikowor@msu.edu
Areas of Expertise:  Agronomy & Agroecology
Publications:

Mapfumo P, Mtambanengwe F, Chikowo R, 2015. Building on indigenous knowledge to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farming communities to adapt to climate change and variability in southern Africa. Climate and Development DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.998604

Kurwakumire N, Chikowo R, Zingore S, Mtambanengwe F, Mapfumo, P, Snapp S, Johnston A. 2015. Nutrient Management Strategies on Heterogeneously Fertile Granitic-derived Soils in Sub-humid Zimbabwe. Agronomy Journal. 10.2134/agronj14.0466

Chikowo, R., Zingore, S. Snapp S, Johnston A, 2014. Farm typologies, soil fertility variability and nutrient management in smallholder farming in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10705-014-9632-y.

Kurwakumire N, Chikowo, R., Mtambanengwe, F., Mapfumo, P., Snapp, S., Johnston, A., Zingore, S. 2014. Maize productivity and nutrient and water use efficiencies across soil fertility domains on smallholder farms in Zimbabwe. Field Crops Research 164:136-147.  Read more