professor mpepereki 06-09-10.jpgProfessor Sheunesu Mpepereki, a soil scientist in the Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Zimbabwe has lifted the Zimbabwean flag high after receiving the first prize from the Forum for Agricultural Research.


Professor Mpepereki’s award at the 2009 to 2010 IMPRESSA awards ceremony held in Africa in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is recognition of his outstanding soya bean research which has made significant contribution to food and income security in Zimbabwe.


Proud of such an honour, Professor Mpepereki said his motivation is the desire to link university research processes with industry, farmers and the market.


“This award just goes to show what Zimbabweans can achieve given the chance. I am glad that my efforts to link our research here at the university with other stakeholders has made such an impact and in the process benefited the ordinary person.


professor mpepereki award  06-09-10.jpg“We are all aware of how products like soya bean chunks and chimodho pulled many a family through very difficult times,” said Professor Mpepereki.


To win top honours Professor Mperereki beat Professor Belay Kassa from Haramaya University in Ethiopia who won the second prize while Professor Mary Abukutsa from Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya settled for third prize.


Professor Mpepereki walked away with a trophy and US$10 000.


Soya bean chunks and flour are some of the products made from results of research by Professor Mpepereki.


The researcher who has published over 70 academic articles is also a social and political commentator.