Makungwe Mirriam
Zambia 2020
Makungwe Mirriam is a PhD candidate of soil science at the University of Zambia. She believes that soil and the way it is used can play an essential role in improving agricultural productivity as well as reduce the effects of climate change. She says that accurate predictions of soil properties are trivial to allow stakeholders to understand the current state of soils, how they are changing, and the pressure placed upon their quality. Therefore, her research is exploring the application of spatial statistical models for the prediction of soil properties. Prior to her enrolment as a PhD student, she worked with Smallholder Agribusiness Promotion Programme (SAPP) as Crops Commodity Specialist, where she oversaw the implementation of initiatives aimed at addressing production constraints to increase smallholder productivity sustainably.
This made her realize that if Zambia is to achieve food security and improve rural livelihoods to underpin the sustainable development goals (SDGs), then they ought to look into low agricultural productivity as one of the significant challenges facing smallholder farmers.
Field of Research
Spatial variation of soils and land capability for rice production in Zambia.

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