Dr. Priscilla Ntuchu Kephe

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Kephe is a researcher in Agricultural Systems applying crop modelling, remote sensing and field experiments to support resilient decision making.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20766
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Has over 10 years cumulative experience in agricultural research focusing on systems agronomy and crop modelling in African food and cash crop (sunflower, soybean, groundnut). Has a Bsc Hons degree in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling from the University of South Africa, an Msc in Environmental Management from the North West University and a Phd in Science and Agriculture with a focus on the Risk and Vulnerability of dry-land agriculture to climate change.

  1. Crop modelling, climate impacts assessment and agricultural resilience policy
  2. Agricultural monitoring with remote sensing and GIS
  3. Agricultural landscapes management and alternative food source
  4. Systems approach to climate change, adaptation and mitigation


  1. Kephe P.N, Mashao F, Ayisi K.K, Petja B.M, Ramoelo A.S, Kgaphola P, Munjonji L, Addo-Beddiako A, Madikiza S, Motsepe M, Kgakatsi I.B. (2019) Implementing Climate Change Programme on Vulnerability Mapping for Farming Systems: Vulnerability Analysis and Climate Change Adaptation for Dryland Production of Agricultural Commodities in South Africa, Part B: Soybean, Groundnut, Sunflower and Dry bean. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Pretoria.



  1. Kephe, P. N., Petja, B. M., & Ayisi, K. K. (2021). Examining the role of institutional support in enhancing smallholder oilseed producers’ adaptability to climate change in Limpopo Province, South Africa. OCL28, 14.
  2. Kephe, P. N., Ayisi, K. K., & Petja, B. M. (2021). Challenges and opportunities in crop simulation modelling under seasonal and projected climate change scenarios for crop production in South Africa
  3. Kephe, P. N., Ayisi, K. K., & Petja, B. M. (2020). A decision support system for institutional support to farmers in the face of climate change challenges in Limpopo province. Heliyon6(11), e04989.
  4. Kephe, P. N., Ayisi, K. K., Petja, B. M., Mulaudzi, A. P., & Mabitsela, K. E. (2020). Factors influencing the production of oilseed crops among smallholder farmers in Limpopo Province. OCL27, 41.
  5. Kephe, P.N., Petja, B.M. and Ayisi, K.K. (2018) Climate change scenarios and crop flood stress in South Africa: A critical discussion. Journal of Environmental Hazards. 1: 106.


  1. Kephe, P.N., Petja, B.M. and Kabanda, T.A. (2015) Spatial and inter-seasonal behavior of rainfall in the Soutpansberg region of South Africa as attributed to the changing climate. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 121(1-2), DOI 10.1007/s00704-015-1569-9.


  1. Kephe, P.N., & Petja, B.M. (2014) Mapping the impact of anthropogenic activities on the vegetation of the Soutpansberg region of South Africa. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the African Association for Remote Sensing of Environment, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25-31 October 2014.
  2. Kephe, P.N., & Petja, B.M. (2016) Effectiveness of south Africa’s biodiversity policies in protecting the indigenous vegetation of the Soutpansberg region. Proceedings from the 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, held on June 6-10, 2016 in Houston, Texas, USA
  3. Frederick Mokibelo Mashao, Abel Selaelo Ramoelo,Kingsly Kwabena Ayisi and Priscilla Ntuchu Kephe (2018).Mapping the vulnerability of rangelands to climate change using carrying capacity as an indicator of rangeland condition to support livestock production. 4 th National Global Change Conference 03 - 06 December 2018, Polokwane

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