Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
School & Faculty: School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences; College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science
Research field: Agricultural Sustainability
Supervisors: Professor Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UKZN (main supervisor); Dr Kenneth Nhundu, Economic Analysis Unit, Agricultural Research Council (co-supervisor)
Jabulile Gwebu comes from Mpumalanga, South Africa. She completed her undergraduate BSc (Hons), specialising in agricultural economics at University of Venda, and her MSc in Agriculture at the University of the Free State (2017). In her masters’ studies, she developed a clear understanding of agricultural productivity and the need to improve the productivity of smallholder farmers. For her PhD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), she will evaluate the agricultural input-intensification landscape and its influence on the agricultural sustainability of smallholder crop farming systems in South Africa. The study will contribute to the development of an input-intensification index that assist in tracking input intensification in the agricultural sector. Jabulile is currently based at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) as a Professional Development Program (PDP) candidate, winning third place at the ARC PDP conference for her presentation on her masters’ a research. Jabulile’s research interest include natural resources, food security and trade. She enjoys watching series and reality shows.