ir. A. Chemura PhD (Abel)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I have a knowledge and experience in sustainable agri-food systems monitoring and optimization using farming systems models, earth observation data, climate data and systems analysisI am working on developing, improving and applying process-based, suitability and statistical models for advancing their utilization in production system profiling and risk assessments for climate-smart agriculture.

The hope is that my research output can contribute in (re)designing farming systems to be productive, profitable and able to handle the trade-offs between the multiple functions of agriculture at the field, farm, landscape, regional and global scales under current and future climatic conditions.



Mkuhlani, S., Bendito, E. G., Tofa, A. I., Aliyu, K. T., Shehu, B. M., Kreye, C. , & Chemura, A. (2024). Spatial and temporal distribution of optimal maize sowing dates in Nigeria. PLoS ONE, 19(5), e0300427. Article e0300427. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0300427
Jimma, T. B. , Chemura, A., Spillane, C., Demissie, T., Abera, W., Ture, K., Terefe, T., Solomon, D., & Gleixner, S. (2024). Coupled Impacts of Soil Acidification and Climate Change on Future Crop Suitability in Ethiopia. Sustainability (Switzerland), 16(4), 1-17. Article 1468. https://doi.org/10.3390/su16041468
Shekede, M. D., Kusangaya, S., Chavava, C. B., Gwitira, I. , & Chemura, A. (2024). A two-decade analysis of the spatial and temporal variations in burned areas across Zimbabwe. PLOS Climate, 3(1), e0000201. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pclm.0000201
Arumugam, P. , Chemura, A., Aschenbrenner, P., Schauberger, B., & Gornott, C. (2023). Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies: An assessment on sorghum for Burkina Faso. European journal of agronomy, 142, Article 126655. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2022.126655
Zuza, E. J., Maseyk, K., Bhagwat, S. A. , Chemura, A., Brandenburg, R. L., Emmott, A., Rawes, W., Hancock, W., Mnthambala, F., & Araya, Y. N. (2023). Factors affecting soil quality among smallholder macadamia farms in Malawi. Agriculture and Food Security, 12(1), Article 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40066-023-00421-9
Kusena, W. , Chemura, A., Dube, T., Nicolau, M. D., & Marambanyika, T. (2022). Landuse and landcover change assessment in the Upper Runde sub-catchment, Zimbabwe and possible impacts on reservoir sedimentation. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 126, Article 103105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2021.103105
Chemura, A., Nangombe, S. S., Gleixner, S., Chinyoka, S., & Gornott, C. (2022). Changes in Climate Extremes and Their Effect on Maize (Zea mays L.) Suitability Over Southern Africa. Frontiers in Climate, 4, Article 890210. https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2022.890210
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I believe in capacity building and teaching as important aspects to build the next generation of researchers and practitioners applying the scientific method to solve current and yet-to-be-realised problems in agriculture and food security at various scales.

Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1119
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1119
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands