Sylvester Chikabvumbwa
Irrigation/Water Engineer at Chimba Irrigation Consultants
AgriMetSoft, Chimba Irrigation Consultants, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pan African University of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change), University of Malawi (currently Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources), St. Pauls (Mlale) Minor Seminary
    • Research Lab Analyst
      Mar 2019
      Jun 2024
    • Water Engineer
      Chimba Irrigation Consultants
      Jan 2018
      Jun 2024
    • Lecturer in Irrigation Technology
      Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
      Mar 2014
      Jun 2024
    • Irrigation Engineer
      Jan 2013
      Dec 2014
    • Pan African University of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change)
      Water Engineering
      Degree Master Degree
      Grade Credit
      Activities & Societies Entrepreneurship Club, Technical Team
    • University of Malawi (currently Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources)
      Irrigation Engienering
      Degree Engineer Degree
      Activities & Societies Malawi Institute of Engineers (MIE), Football, Chess Club
    • St. Pauls (Mlale) Minor Seminary
      Degree Other
      Grade 14 points
      Activities & Societies Soccer, Chess Club
    • Malawi Institute of Engineers
      Certification Authority Malawi Institute of Engineers Board
      License Number 850029
      Jan 2008
      Jun 2024
    • Malawi Board of Engineers
      Certification Authority Malawi Board of Engineers
      License Number 850029
      Jan 2017
      Jun 2024
    • International Society for Agricultural Meteorology (INSAM)
      Certification Authority International Society for Agricultural Meteorology (INSAM)
      License Number SRC2017MW
      Jan 2017
      Jun 2024
    • English
      Proficiency Professional Working
    • French
      Proficiency Professional Working
    • Chichewa
      Proficiency Native or Bilingual
    • Arabic
      Proficiency Elementary
  • Top Skills

    Data Analysis
    Proficient in ArcGIS, QGIS, WEAP, WEPP, HEC HMS, SPSS, MySQL and Global Mapper
    Personal: -Critical thinking skills -Strong project management skills -Leadership skills. Computer: -AutoCAD -ArcGis -EPANET-WaterCAD- ArchiCAD-Atlantis-Visual Studio- CROPWAT-CLIMWAT-Microsoft Office -Hydraulic and Hydrologic modeling -Architectural draf
    Project design Management
    Irrigation engineering
    Good command of Microsoft Office™ tools
    Scientific Resarch skills
    Sylvester Chikabvumbwa also knows about ...
    Communication and Presentation skill
    • Spate Irrigation: What Does It Do?
      Publication/Publisher UNDP, Malawi Country Report
      Publication Date Apr 2018
      In Malawi, spate irrigation is hardly known yet it is a key farming practice that would help smallholder farmers to mitigate the effects of climate change. As a rainwater harvesting and flood management system, spate irrigation involves the diversion of rainwater using technologies such as bunds and gabions, masonry or concrete structures. It represents a unique option for the management of scarce water resources in support of agricultural production and rural livelihoods. Spate irrigation is cheaper to invest in than other irrigation technologies such as furrow, ponds and shallow-wells. In this study, Excel and CropWAT softwares were used to analyze crop water requirements and irrigation systems at Madude village in Dowa district. The study has found out that (1) high value drought resistant crops such as cassava are better for spate irrigation; (2) most farmers grow crops with high water requirements hence due to effects of climate change, their water sources are failing to satisfy the needs. (3) a hybrid system of floodwater harvesting and water saving irrigation technologies such as spate irrigation and mulching can improve water productivity. These findings suggest that spate irrigation has potential and could be a way of adapting to the impacts of climate change. Hence, encouraging spate irrigation-capital creation, low-cost operation and maintenance and considering regional diversities can increase the probability of modernizing spate irrigation. The findings also inform the decision on crop choice enterprises in rural areas to enhance food security.
    • Rainfall frequency analysis using Gumbel distribution: Case of Dowa District
      Publication/Publisher Malawi Institute of Engineers
      Publication Date Sep 2019
      The study of rainfall frequency analysis is important as it guides engineers, policy makers and water planners to design water structures, predict extreme events such as floods or droughts and prepare disaster risk management plans in advance. This paper discussed how Gumbel distribution can be used in analyzing frequency of rainfall in Dowa district. 30 years of rainfall data (1986–2015) for Dowa district was analyzed using Excel and Hydrognomon software applications by employing different statistical analysis and distribution types. The more practical result of this paper was that the 2-year, 5-year, 10-year, 20-year, 25-year and 50-year return periods of maximum monthly rainfall were calculated for the district. It was found out that Gumbel’s distribution is suitable for predicting expected maximum rainfall in the district. From the Gumbel’s distribution using return periods (T) above, the estimated maximum monthly rainfall obtained are: 272.5 mm, 340.4 mm, 385.3 mm, 428.5 mm, 442.1 mm and 484.3 mm respectively. These values are useful for irrigation systems designing, reservoir designing, storm management and water balance modelling in the district. The result of this study can also be used to develop more accurate and reliable models of flood risk management.
      Publication/Publisher Journal of Science
      Publication Date May 2019
      Groundwater of good quality is necessary for domestic use and agricultural productivity. The chemical constituents of the groundwater determine its suitability for different usage. Proper analysis (both statistical and geophysical) is needed to analyze water quality parameters such as Hydrogen ion concentration (pH), Electrical Conductivity, turbidity, total hardness, Chloride, Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium. Spatial analysis using inverse distance weighted method in Surfer 12 software was used to prepare the groundwater quality distribution maps. These maps were used to assess temporal and spatial changes in groundwater quality in Lilongwe western zones. The results showed both spatial and temporal variations in groundwater quality in the study area. This study demonstrated that the use of GIS could provide useful information for groundwater quality assessment. This study therefore recommends periodic monitoring and evaluation of groundwater using Geographic information systems (GIS).
    • • Assessing the Mid-Term Progress of Smallholder Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP) in Malawi; African Development Fu
      Publication/Publisher African Development Bank
      Publication Date Jul 2016
    • Best Mathematics Student
      Student St. Pauls (Mlale) Minor Seminary
      The Rector, Mlale Seminary
      May 2005
    • Pan African University of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change)
      Entrepreneurship |
      Research to Practice |
      Community to Practice |
    • University of Malawi (currently Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources)
      Irrigation Systems Design and Drainage |
      Climate Science |
    • Others
      Project Management |
      Communication Skills |
      Rural Water Supply Design |
      Research to Practice |
      Water Treatment, Water Governance |
      GIS, Surveying and Mapping |
      Data Science |