Dr. Ngonidzashe Chirinda is a climate change scientist and an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco. His research focuses on greenhouse gas emissions, uptake, monitoring, and modelling; identifying and evaluating climate change mitigation options; and assessing environmental policy implications. He has worked on several projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, exploring new ways to solve climate-related and food security issues. Dr. Chirinda has collaborated with experts from various fields and institutions to design and evaluate climate change mitigation options. He is currently leading the establishment of a centre of excellence to support research on climate change mitigation in Africa. Dr. Chirinda’s current research interests are on the circular use of resources, agrivoltaic systems, and the food-energy-water nexus.
Dr. Chirinda’s work informs national and international climate mitigation processes. He was a lead author of four chapters on the IPCC’s 2019 Refinement to the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and a coordinating lead author in the Africa Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change report. Dr. Chirinda is a co-lead of the Global Research Alliance’s Inventories and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Support Network, where his work helps to improve the evidence base and quality of agricultural NDCs. He was previously a Technical Coordinator of the Global Research Alliance’s Paddy Rice Americas Sub-group (GRA-PRASG); the founder and coordinator of the Latin America Climate Change Mitigation Network (LAMNET); and a member of the Agriculture Technical Working Group of the Climate Bonds Initiatives.
Dr. Chirinda has previously conducted research at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia; Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen, both in Denmark; and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Zimbabwe. He is also a member of the UK Research and Innovation international development peer review college. Dr. Chirinda is on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Report and Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications
Dr. Chirinda has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, a Master’s in Agronomy, both from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Ph.D. in Climate Change and Agroecology, from the University of Copenhagen.