The Faculty of Agriculture was established in 2014 after it had existed as a Department in the Faculty of Science and Technology since 1997. The Faculty currently has one department but two more are planned after accreditation of new programmes. The mandate of the Faculty is to train and capacitate students and communities with knowledge and skills to support agricultural production in the country and beyond. Zimbabwe’s economy is agro-based with over 20 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) coming from Agriculture. The heavy reliance of the Zimbabwean economy on agriculture and natural resources makes Agriculture an important discipline for sustainable national development through provision of the necessary raw materials for downstream industries. The Faculty promotes partnerships with various organizations to roll out innovative technologies that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming. Graduates from the Faculty are employed in international and local research and development organisations, private sector (co-operatives, consultancy firms and agribusiness), higher and tertiary education institutions, public sector and community based organizations. Graduates are also equipped with entrepreneurial skills that enable them to manage their own businesses.
To become a renowned centre of excellence in scientific research and community empowerment in the area of agricultural science geared to meet current and future challenges for sustainable development.
To develop globally competitive agricultural practitioners for sustainable development through provision of relevant programmes, teaching and learning activities, and practical and applied research and extension in Agriculture.
Recognizing strength in team work
Facilitating applied and practical research in Agriculture
Valuing quality and delighting stakeholders through service delivery
Respectful and professional approach
Valuing transparency, integrity and professional ethics in its activities
- Studying with the Faculty
To be admitted to the programme a prospective student must have:
- At least 5 ‘O’ Level passes including English Language, Mathematics and
Science subject incorporating Biology and Chemistry (e.g. Integrated Science, General Science, Agriculture or Chemistry and Biology) at grade C or better,
- A Diploma in Agriculture or related field of study from a recognized institution.
- Special Entry
A prospective student may be admitted on special entry or through Accreditation of Prior Learning route in accordance with the University’s General Academic Regulations.
Delivery is through Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL ) route, using the myVista platform and other ICT affordances including Microsoft Teams, study guides, online tutorials and social media .
The Faculty currently has one department, the Department of Agricultural Management but is in the process of establishing the Department of Animal Production and the Department of Soils and Plant Sciences.