Tatenda has a PhD in Geography from the University of Calgary where he studied food insecurity in Southern Africa, looking at the issues of food security, gender and HIV/AIDS. Tatenda was previously a postdoctoral associate with the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary where his research addressed sustainability, sustainable food systems, regenerative agriculture, and food security. Additionally, he was an instructor in the Sustainability Studies Program at UCalgary.
Using a systems thinking approach, Tatenda has a particular interest in how agricultural systems can support ecological functions, build resilient farm communities, address local food needs, and address environmental problems. His ongoing projects include work with climate adaptation organizations such as Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, and grassroots community organizations that work with racialized groups.