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Blessing Nyamasoka-Magonziwa

Country of origin: Zimbabwe Currently in: United States, Fort Collins General field of specialization: Agricultural Sciences
Academic Background


2014 Master Agricultural Sciences
2010 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

My current research focusses on soil health, soil carbon dynamics, soil organic amendments for improved food security in smallholder farming systems.

Publications resulting from Research: 

Nyamasoka, B., Marumbi, R., Shumba, A., Nyamugafata, P., Madyiwa, S., & Nyamangara, J. (2017). Yield, nutrient and heavy metal uptake of leafy vegetables grown in sewage sludge and poultry manure amended soils. South African Journal of Plant and Soil, 1-4.

Nyamasoka, Blessing, Nyamugafata, Phillip, Madyiwa, Simon, Nyamangara, Justice. (2015). Urban farmer practices in soil fertility and water management and the influence of gender in Harare and Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 10 (3): 100-107. ISSN:1991-637X

Armwell Shumba, Ronald Marumbi, Blessing Nyamasoka, Phillip Nyamugafata, Justice Nyamangara & Simon Madyiwa (2014). Mineralisation of organic fertilisers used by urban farmers in Harare and their effects on maize (Zea mays L.) biomass production and uptake of nutrients and heavy metals. South African Journal of Plant and Soil, 31 (2): 93-100. ISSN:0257-1862

Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura, Fungai N D Mukome, Stephen Machado & Blessing Nyamasoka (2014). 'Biochar production and applications in Sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities, constraints, risks and uncertainties'. Journal of Environmental Management (JEMA)150:250-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.11.027

Wuta, M., Nyamadzawo, G., Nyamasoka, B., Nyawasha, R., Matayaya, G., Nazare, R., Madyiwa, S. and Tsoka, J., (2018). Rainwater Harvesting Options to Support Off-Season Small-Scale Irrigation in Arid and Semi-arid Areas of Zimbabwe. In Rainwater-Smart Agriculture in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (pp. 175-197). Springer, Cham. ISBN: 978-3-319-66239-8

J. Trincheria, N. Adhiambo, S. Bila, B. Cuamba, D. Dawit, W. Leal, A. Leão, B. Magonziwa, & M. Wuta. (2016). Fostering the Use of Rainwater for Small-Scale Irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. AFRHINET Project. Hamburg University Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany. ISBN 978-3-00-054353-1

In preparation (from current research)

Blessing Nyamasoka-Magonziwa., Steven J. Vanek., John Okeyo Ojiem & Steven J. Fonte. A Soil Tool kit to measure soil properties that help explain variability in crop yields in smallholder farming contexts. (manuscript in advanced stages of preparation)

Research Symposium

Magonziwa, B, Vanek S, Ojiem, J and Fonte S (2018). A Soil Tool kit for in-field soil analysis in smallholder systems: Development, validation and dissemination. Colorado State University Graduate Research Showcase, 13 November 2018, Fort Collins, USA.

Conference proceeding
Nyamasoka, B., Shumba, A., Nyamugafata, P., Madyiwa, S. Nyamangara, J. (2012). Soil fertility and water management practices for maize (Zea mays L) production in urban agriculture and the influence of gender in Harare, Zimbabwe. Proceedings of the Third RUFORUM Biennial Meeting, 24 - 28 September 2012, Entebbe, Uganda

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Field experiments on crop residue management, soil health. Modelling soil carbon dynamics. Lab experiments on the soil health. Development of a mobile soil analysis tool kit. Dissemination to stakeholders.


Colorado State University
Soil Science Society of America
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Nov 2018
Colorado State University -Office of International Programs: Global Impact Research Top Scholar
The Global Impact Award honors a graduate student, or student team, that demonstrates an active commitment to making a global impact through research. Examples might include field research that was conducted at an international location, research that was accomplished by partnering with an international organization or institution, or research that has the capacity to address a significant global challenge.
Jul 2019
Maurice Langeley Scholarship Award-College of Agriculture CSU
Given to a student demonstrated good academic standing.
Jul 2019
Graduate Student Award-Department of Soil and Crop Sciences_CSU
Given to a Student in the Department who demonstrates good potential in research and has good academic and leadership skills
Nov 2019
2nd Place Poster-American Society of Agronomy Soil Health Community 2019
Given for the second best poster at the Tri-Scoieties meeting (Agronomy, Soil Science Society) in the community of Soil health for the poster tittled "A Soil Tool Kit to Evaluate Soil Properties and Monitor Soil Health Change in Smallholder Farming Contexts"
Nov 2019
1st Place Poster-Tri-Societies (ACS) Diversity Poster Competition 2019
Given for the best poster at the Tri-Scoieties meeting (Agronomy, Soil Science Society), San Antonio, Texas ; Diversity Poster competition for the poster tittled "A Soil Tool Kit to Evaluate Soil Properties and Monitor Soil Health Change in Smallholder Farming Contexts"

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