Leonard Rusinamhodzi (Ph.D.)

Dr. Leonard Rusinamhodzi is a multi-talented Systems Agronomist with expertise in meta-analysis, systems modelling, field research on integrated soil fertility management, scientific writing and graduate student supervision. His work involves advanced analyses to study the effects of sustainable intensification on system productivity, soil quality, water and nutrient use efficiency and livelihoods across diverse farming systems. Leonard has previously worked for CIMMYT from 2015 to 2019 as a Cropping System Agronomist initially based in Nairobi, Kenya and later Kathmandu, Nepal. He also worked for CIRAD as a Post-Doctoral Scientist from 2013 to 2014, studying the possible future impact of climate change on cropping systems in southern Africa with the aid of models. Leonard was initially trained as a Soil Scientist (BSc. and MPhil.) at the University of Zimbabwe (2002 & 2006), and later diversified into agronomy and systems analysis through a PhD (2013) in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation from Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands. Leonard has extensive experience in participatory research in smallholder farming systems, with a deep understanding of the complex barriers to improved crop productivity. He is particularly interested in learning and managing science that develops and uses tools that combine social, economic and bio-physical aspects of farmers to improve productivity and reduce hunger for smallholder farmers in Africa and beyond. Leonard has published widely in high impact journal articles.