Dr. Makarius Mdemu


Title: Dr.

Name: Makarius Mdemu

School: School of Spatial Planning and Social Sciences (SSPSS)

Department:  Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Rank: Senior Lecturer

 Current Summarized CV:

Dr. Makarius Mdemu is a senior Lecturer in NRM & Assessments and current Director of the Institute of Human Settlements Studies at Ardhi University. He has Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Sciences from the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn in Germany. He has Masters and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Sokoine University of Agriculture. He teaches agriculture and development, ecological planning theory, natural resources, climate change, mitigation and adaptation and research methodology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. His current research focus on Transformation of smallholder irrigation into self-and sustaining systems in the Southern Africa funded by ACIAR and increasing the sustainability of urban foodscapes through agri-food entrepreneurship implemented under a collaborative project between ARU and Hasselt University in Belgium with funding from VLIR-UOS programme.

Research and Publications:

  1. Mdemu MV (2021) Community’s Vulnerability to Drought-Driven Water Scarcity and Food Insecurity in Central and Northern Semi-arid Areas of Tanzania. Front. Clim. 3:737655. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fclim.2021.737655/full
  2. H. Hassan, I. and Mdemu, M.V. (2021) The Status of Canopy Density and above Ground Biomass along the Northern Coastal Forest Zone of Tanzania. Open Journal of Forestry, 11, 47-60. https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=106933.
  3. Saskia Wolff, Makarius V. Mdemu and Tobia Lakes (2021). Defining a peri-urban: A multidimensional characterization of spatio-temporal land use along an urban-rural gradient in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Land, 10,177. https://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/10/2/177
  4. Iddi Mwanyoka, Makarius Mdemu, Kris Wernstedt (2021). The reality of local community participation in the natural gas sector in Southeastern Tanzania, The Extractive Industries and Society. Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 303-315 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.12.003
  5. A. Manero , H. Bjornlund , S. Wheeler , A. Zuo , M. Mdemu , A. Van Rooyen & M. Chilundo (2020): Growth and inequality at the micro scale: an empirical analysis of farm incomes within smallholder irrigation systems in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique, International Journal of Water Resources Development, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07900627.2020.1811959
  6. Mdemu, M.V., Kissoly, L., Bjornlund, H., Kimaro, E., christen, E.W., van Rooyen, A., Stirzaker, R.and Ramshaw, P. 2020. The role of soil water monitoring tools and agricultural innovation in small-scale irrigation in Tanzania, International Journal of Water Resources Development: https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2020.1765746
  7. H. Bjornlund , A. van Rooyen , J. Pittock , K. Parry , M. Moyo , M. Mdemu & W.de Sousa (2020): Institutional innovation and smart water management technologies in small-scale irrigation schemes in southern Africa, Water International, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02508060.2020.1804715
  8. Fentahun Abebe , Alec Zuo , Sarah Ann Wheeler , Henning Bjornlund , Andre van Rooyen , Jamie Pittock , Makarius Mdemu & Mario Chilundo (2020). Irrigators’ willingness to pay for the adoption of soil moisture monitoring tools in South-Eastern Africa. International Journal of Water Resources Development, https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2020.1755956, pp. 1-22
  9. Bjornlund, H., Zuo, A. Wheeler, S. A., Parry, K., Pittock, J., Mdemu, M. & Moyo, M. (2019). The dynamics of the relationship between household decision-making and farm household income in small-scale irrigation schemes in southern Africa. Agricultural Water Management, 213, 135 -145.
  10. Manero, A., Wheeler, S. A., Zuo, A., & Mdemu, M. (2019). Exploring the head versus tail‐end dichotomy on yield and farm incomes in smallholder irrigation schemes in Tanzania. Water Resources Research, 55. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR023483
  11. Pittock, J., Ramshaw, P., Bjornlund, H., Kimaro, E., Mdemu, M.V., Moyo, M., Ndema, S., van Rooyen, A., Stirzaker, R. and de Sousa, W. 2018. Transforming smallholder irrigation schemes in Africa. A guide to help farmers become more profitable and sustainable, The Australian National University, Canberra. ACIAR Monograph No. 202. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: Canberra. 64pp.
  12. Bjornlund, H., Parry, K., Pittock, J., Stirzaker, R., Rooyen, A. Van, Mdemu, M., Ramshaw, P. (2018). Transforming smallholder irrigation into profitable and self-sustaining systems in southern Africa. Chapter 6, Smart Water Management case study report, International Water Resources Association, Wisconsin, USA.https://www.iwra.org/swmreport.
  13. Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Jamie Pittock, Richard Stirzaker, Henning Bjornlund, Andre van Rooyen, Paiva Munguambe, Makarius Victor Mdemu & Japhet J. Kashaigili (2017) Irrigating Africa: policy barriers and opportunities for enhanced productivity of smallholder farmers, International Journal of Water Resources,  Development, 33:5, 824-838, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07900627.2017.1321531
  14. Sarah Ann Wheeler, Alec Zuo, Henning Bjornlund, Makarius Victor Mdemu, Andre van Rooyen & Paiva Munguambe (2017) An overview of extension use in irrigated agriculture and case studies in south-eastern Africa, International Journal of Water Resources.  Development, 33:5, 755-769,https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2016.1225570
  15. Makarius V. Mdemu, Nuru Mziray, Henning Bjornlund & Japhet J. Kashaigili, (2017): Barriers to and opportunities for improving productivity and profitability of the Kiwere and Magozi irrigation schemes in Tanzania, International Journal of Water Resources Development, https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2016.1188267
  16. Mdemu, M. V., & Burra, M. M. (2016) Drivers of Land Cover Dynamics for Pugu and Kazimuzumbwi Forest Reserves in Kisarawe, Tanzania. Open Journal of Forestry, 6, 348-360. https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=70266



Email: makarius.mdemu@aru.ac.tz, makmdemu@gmail.com

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