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PhD Student

skyrumbie@yahoo.co.uk

I am currently a PhD student with the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at UCT. My doctoral research focuses on the linkages between farmers’ seed systems and household seed and food security in Zimbabwe, using Chimanimani district as a case study. High seed and food insecurity has been noted among smallholders in the southern Africa region, particularly in rural Zimbabwe. Smallholder farmers’ farming practices, a limited asset base, unsustainable livelihoods and climate variability further aggravate this situation. My hypothesis is that smallholders’ informal seed systems have a positive contribution to make towards enhancing seed and food security of farming households.

In 2015, I completed my MPhil in Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape. My research there explored production, livelihoods and social differentiation among smallholder farmers engaged in an irrigation scheme in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province.

My work experience has focused on food aid, agriculture, seed systems, food security and disaster risk reduction across the southern African region. My non-academic interests include singing, swimming, and playing in-door and out-door games with my family.