Dr Madakadze is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He holds a BScAgric (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe; an MSc from Reading University, and a PhD from McGill University.
Dr Madakadze conducts research on various aspects of crop-livestock systems – particularly in smallholder systems of semi-arid regions. Current research projects include: rangeland ecology; participatory research on management of climate-related risks to smallholder agriculture; integrating crops with forage legumes; evaluation of various agroforestry systems for increased food security, soil fertility, and ruminant nutrition; use of secondary metabolites (tannins in particular) in reducing methane emission from ruminants; as well as grass and woody biomass production and evaluation as ligno-cellulosic biomass for industrial utilisation.
Over the years, he has received research funding from the National Research Foundation, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and the European Union, and he has been involved with international networks that include the Australia-Africa Universities Network; African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry, and Natural Resources Education; and Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture.