Patricia Mathabe

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • University of Cambridge, Environment


Dr. Mathabe holds a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from Montana State University (USA) on a Fulbright Scholarship and an MPhil in Biochemistry from Cambridge University (UK) on a Prestigious Nelson Mandela Scholarship. Born and raised by a single mother in Mamelodi in the east of Pretoria, she comes from humble beginnings. She has over 18 years in Agricultural/scientific research. She is currently employed as a Lecturer and a Higher Education Course leader of Agriculture and is based in the United Kingdom.

Previously, she held a position a government agency in South Africa as an Agricultural Specialist in the Agriculture Bio-economy sector, where she focused on Food Security and Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture, Agriculture Investment Management, Farmer Development and Technology Diffusion to Small Scale Farmers. She also supervises various students registered for Masters and PhD degrees based in different universities in Africa. She serves on various Agricultural steering committees and advisory bodies.

She spearheaded various government initiatives which addresses the South African Bio economy strategy.

Greatest Achievement

Implemented the very first government initiative to grow dryland rice in South Africa at a commercial scale.

Professional Interests

Food Security and Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture, Farmer Development and Technology Diffusion

View Mathabe’s publications:

      Kalombo, Lonji, Vries Felicity and Mathabe M.K. Patricia. Membrane and method for preservation of produce) 2018. (EU patent 16766638.7, US Patent 15/759,085.


      Bongolwethu P. Mabusela, Zinash A. Belay, Buntu Godongwana , Namrata Pathak Pramod V. Mahajan, Patricia M. K. Mathabe and Oluwafemi J. Caleb Ethylene management technologies: Mitigating losses along the postharvest value chain of fresh produce. A Review. 2021 South African Journal of Plant and Soil

      Patricia M. K. Mathabe, Thulile Ndlovu, Zenash Belay and Oluwafemi J. Caleb. Progress in proteomic profiling of horticultural commodities during postharvest handling and storage. 2019. Scientia Horticulturae.