Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
Ann Verdoodt obtained the degree of bio-engineer at the University of Ghent in 1999. She submitted her thesis, "Inventarisatie van bodemkarakteristieken voor de bepaling van het landbouwkundig productiepotentieel in Guquka, Oostkaap, Zuid-Afrika", for the Development Co-operation Prize.
This thesis is based on two months of local fieldwork in South Africa, in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare. This work describes a study to find out how one can improve the production of maize and sunflower in this region, which is part of the former Ciskei, the poorest and driest part of the Eastern Cape province. The largest part of the population of Guquka lives from government subsidies, so that an improved land use could mean a radical change in the conditions of living in this region. From a study of the collected data on climate, landscape and soil she derives recommendations for the cultures of maize and sunflower and their optimal sowing dates. She also formulates several recommendations on a better land use in order to improve the production of these plants.