Dr. Shamie Zingore is Director of Research and Development for the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI). He is based in headquarters at Benguérir, Morocco.
Shamie was born in north-east Zimbabwe and brought up in Harare. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Soil Science at the University of Zimbabwe. He worked for the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering as research assistant before studying for a Ph.D. at Wageningen University with support from the Tropical soil Biology and Fertility Institute of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (TSBF-CIAT). After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Zingore worked at TSBF-CIAT to implement regional projects that developed principles for improving management of fertilizers and organic nutrient resources within crop-livestock farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. He worked extensively with farmer groups, input suppliers and other stakeholders to develop innovations, build capacity, and promote information exchange on soil fertility management practices for enhancing productivity of agriculture in Africa.
Prior to joining APNI, Dr. Zingore was Director of the sub-Saharan Africa Program for the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). In this role, Shamie established the IPNI regional program and led IPNI’s research for development initiatives to promote scientific information on sustainable plant nutrition and soil fertility management. He established and coordinated collaborative research programs with various international organization, national research and extension systems, Universities, development agencies and with IPNI’s global programs.
Dr. Zingore’s main research interests focus on soil fertility and soil organic matter management, farming systems analysis and nutrient use and cycling in crop production systems. Shamie has maintained a strong interest in application of crop-soil models and decision support systems to improve recommendations for fertilizer and soil fertility management. He has authored 47 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has produced a wide range of book chapters and extension publications. He has also supervised numerous M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.