Prof. Lydia Mumbi Chabala

Department of Soil Science
Assistant Dean Research
Associate Professor

Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. Soil Science, University of Zambia
  • M.Sc. Agricultural Engineering, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • B. Agric Sc. Soil Science, University of Zambia

Professor Lydia M. Chabala joined the university as a lecturer in February 2003. Prior to that, she worked briefly as Agricultural Officer/Specialist in the Ministry of Agriculture in land husbandry and agricultural extension. Since joining the UNZA she has been involved in teaching, research, and consultancy and community service. She currently teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in land use, pedology and pedometrics. She is also involved in teaching application of geographical information system in land management as well as agriculture in general. Her research interest are in the areas of sustainable land and natural resource management, remote sensing, pedometrics and soil ecosystem services in a changing climate. 


On-going Research

  1. Co- Researcher- “Assessment of Conservation Farming Technologies for Crop Livestock Improvement in Small Holder farms- Upscaling Climate Smart Agriculture in Zambia 2016 - 2018
  2. Co-Researcher. Food for Cities Programme - Lusaka City Region Food System. Research Grant approved by the Food and Agricultural Organization. 2016 - 2017
  3. Principal Researcher-  Assessment of  the Impact of Climate Change on Land Use and related Adaptation Strategies in Zambia's Agro-Ecological Zones II And III’. Research Grant approved by the USAID/Michigan State University.  2013 - 2015


Selected Publications

  1. Chabala L.M., Mulolwa A. and Lungu O. 2017. Application of ordinary kriging in mapping soil organic carbon in Zambia. Pedosphere 27( 2), 338 – 243.
  2. Munene P. Chabala L.M. and Mweetwa A.M. 2017. Land Suitability Assessment for Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) Production in Kabwe District, Central Zambia 9 (3) 74 – 89. doi:10.5539/jas.v9n3pxx
  3. Ethel Mudenda, Elijah Phiri, L.M. Chabala, Henry M. Sichingabula. 2016. Water Use Efficiency of Maize Varieties under Rainfed Conditions in Zambia.  Sustainable Agriculture Research 6,(1), 2017. Doi 10.5539/sar.v6n1p1
  4. Antony Chapota, L.M. Chabala and Olipa N. Lungu.  2016. A Long History Of Low Productivity In Zambia: Is It Time To Do Away With Blanket Recommendations?  Downloadable at : or
  5. Chabala L.M., Kuntashula E. and Kaluba P. 2015.  Assessment of Maize Yield Variations due to Climatic Variables of Rainfall and Temperature, Journal of Agricultural Sciences 7 (11) 143 – 155.
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