Ms Lydia F Mhoro

Lydia F Mhoro

Assistant Lecturer: Sokoine University of Agriculture

P.O. BOX 3008, Morogoro, Tanzania

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On the surface, Lydia F. Mhoro is an assistant lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture (Department of Soil and Geological Science). Professionally, she is a soil scientist with over 7 years teaching experience in the field of soil physics, soil fertility and dry land management. Currently, she is a PhD student at KU Leuven, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Division of Soil and Water), Belgium. Ms. Lydia has an experience on soil micronutrients and their effect on quality and quantity of cereal crops and legumes. She has also done consultancy work with Sugar Board of Tanzania (SBT), USAID NAFAKA project, and Ilula Orphanage Program. In addition, Ms. Lydia has written and published several papers on peer reviewed journals.

Education & Credentials

PhD student: KU Leuven, Belgium (2019 -2022)

MSc Soil Science and land Management: Sokoine University of Agriculture (2012)

BSc Agronomy: Sokoine University of Agriculture (2009).


Her research interest are on tropical soil fertility management, soil nutrient budgets and soil and water conservation.


PhD student and research team member (2019-2022): Sustainable smallholder banana-based farming systems to improve livelihood of communities in Northern Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Religion)” The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology- VLIR-UOS IUC project

Research team member (2013 -2015): Improving Agricultural Productivity and Crop Nutritive Quality in a Gender Inclusive manner in Cereal and Vegetable Production in Tanzania. Sokoine University of Agriculture - iAGRI project


Undergraduate courses:

Fundamentals of soil science

Soil Physics

Management of dry lands


Massawe, BHJ & Mhoro, L (2017) Sugar Cane Harvesting vs Burnt Harvest Technologies in Tanzania. A report submitted to Tanzania Sugar Board (SBT) December 2017



Amuri, N.A., Mhoro, L., Mwasyika, T. and Semu, E. 2017. Potential of Soil Fertility Management to Improve Essential Mineral Nutrient Concentrations in Vegetables in Dodoma and Kilombero, Tanzania. Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment 6: 105-132.

Msanya, B.M., Munishi, J., Amuri, N., Semu, E., Mhoro, L. and Malley, Z. (2016). Morphology, genesis, physico-chemical properties, classification and potential of soils derived from volcanic parent materials in selected districts of Mbeya region, Tanzania. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science 10(4): 1-19,:

Mhoro, L., Semu, E., Amuri, N., Msanya, B.M., Munishi, J.A. and Malley, Z. (2015). Growth and yield responses of rice, wheat and beans to Zn and Cu fertilizers in soils of Mbeya region, Tanzania. International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research Vol.3 (11), pp. 402-411



Member: Tanzania Agronomy Society (TAS)

Member: Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA)