Crop Science Department Chairperson
Annabel Banda

Educational Background
Doctor of philosophy in Ecology and Environment, Chinhoyi University of Technology. Title:
An analysis of host-carrier association, prevalence and community awareness of plague
disease in south-western, Zimbabwe
Master of Science in Tropical Entomology, University of Zimbabwe. Title of research: Effect
of soil type on rodent flea species composition and seasonal abundance: Implication for plague
transmission. University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biological Sciences, University of Zimbabwe

Work experience
Teacher: 2014 January to March 2019 at Swazi High School, Zimbabwe
Part-time Lecturer: 2014 at Bindura State University, Zimbabwe
Lecturer: March 2019 to present at Gwanda State University, Zimbabwe

Research interest
Rodents, ectoparasites, endoparasites, vector and diseases, zoonotic diseases


Crops products are the major food sources for Zimbabweans and crop and crop by-products are used as livestock feed. However, successful crop production in arid and semi-arid regions of the country is limited by poor and/or irregular rains. The degree programme offered in this Department focuses on crops that do well under such environments but at the same time will cover crops that can be grown under irrigation. The degree introduces students to the science of crop production and as such the first three semesters are mainly courses that give necessary background and principles for the advancement of efficient crop production and improved food quality and safety. Students are to be exposed, through practical training, to rain-fed and irrigated crop production.

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Crop Science (4 Years)

Normal Entry:

Passes in at least 5 subjects at Ordinary Level at grade C or better including English Language and Mathematics AND

2 A ‘Level passes in Agriculture/ Crop Science/ Biology and any one of the following: Chemistry, Physics, Food Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Geography.



Special Entry:

A National Diploma in Agriculture, Crop Production and Horticulture or equivalent.