Mrs Irenie Chakoma

Chakoma, Irenie

Mrs Irenie Chakoma

Irenie Chakoma is a Research Associate based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Harare, Zimbabwe. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Larenstein University, Netherlands and Diploma in Agriculture from Chibero Agricultural College, Zimbabwe. She has over twenty years’ experience in agricultural research for development, working with smallholder farming communities, developing adaptable business models and linking them to markets. Other areas of interest are forage seed production and marketing, agribusiness for rural development and project management. She possesses vast experience as researcher, project analyst, development practitioner, monitoring and evaluation specialist, and marketer.

My publications

Irenie Chakoma, Lovemore C Gwiriri, Godfrey Manyawu, Sikhalazo Dube, Mercy Shumba and Aleck Gora, 2016: Forage seed production and trade as a pathway out of poverty in the smallholder sector: lessons from the Zimbabwe Crop Livestock Integration for Food Security (ZimCLIFS) project, African Journal of Range & Forage Science. 33(3): 181–184.


Lovemore C Gwiriri, Godfrey Manyawu, Promise B Mashanda, Irenie Chakoma, Siboniso Moyo, Charles Chakoma, Hazel Sethaunyane, Venancio E Imbayarwo-Chikosi, Sikhalazo Dube and Barbara V Maasdorp, 2016. The potential of replacing conventional dairy supplements with forage legume-based diets in Zimbabwe’s smallholder dairy sector, African Journal of Range & Forage Science. 33(3): 155–163.


Irenie Chakoma, Godfrey Manyawu, Lovemore C Gwiriri, Siboniso Moyo, Sikhalazo Dube, Venancio E Imbayarwo-Chikosi, Tinyiko E Halimani, Charles Chakoma, Barbara V Maasdorp and Victor Buwu, 2016. Promoting the use of home-mixed supplements as alternatives to commercial supplements in smallholder beef production systems in the subhumid region of Zimbabwe. African Journal of Range & Forage Science 33(3): 165–171.


Godfrey Manyawu, Lovemore C Gwiriri, Irenie Chakoma, Siboniso Moyo & Sikhalazo Dube, 2016. The effect of conditioning and natural aeration methods on rate of moisture loss and crude protein content of Lablab purpureus herbage during hay-making, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 33:4, 247-251.


Angeline Mujeyi, Munyaradzi Mutenje, Godfrey J. Manyawu, Lovemore Gwiriri and Irenie Chakoma, 2015. Spearheading development through empowering smallholder farmers along beef cattle value chains: A case of Goromonzi and Murehwa districts, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Managing Value and Supply Chains. Vol. 6, No. 4


Chakoma I., 2012. Sustainable forage production strategies for smallscale livestock production in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Agricultural Innovations and Research. Vol. 1.3


Poshiwa, X., Nyoka, R., Chikumba. N., Gatsi. T and Chakoma. I. 2006 A baseline socio-economic evaluation of an European Union funded project on use of Micro-symbionts in Agroforestry systems in Zimbabwe. Journal of sustainable development in Africa Vol. 8 no. 1.


Manyawu G.J., Sibanda S., Mutisi C., Chakoma I. and Ndiweni P.N.B. 2002. The effect of pre-wilting and incorporation of maize meal on the fermentation of Bana grass silage. Asian-Australian Journal of Animal Sciences. Vol 16, no. 6: 843-851


Muchadeyi R. and Chakoma I. 2000. Screening forage legumes under seasonally waterlogged soil conditions in the high altitude sandveld of Zimbabwe. A Poster presented at the Grassland Society of Southern Africa and Grasslands Society of Zimbabwe Congress 35. 31 January-3 February 2000, Triangle, Zimbabwe.