She won the price for her MSc thesis: ‘Applied Ethnobotany: Identification, use and socio-economic importance of Wild Edible Plants by the Turumbu, DRCongo, District Tshopo’ with (co-)promoters Prof. Dr. ir. Patrick Van Damme & ir. Céline Termote. This MSc thesis was part of a broader VlIR-UOS-financed project on the nutritional, cultural and socio-economic importance of Wild Edible Plants (WEP) in the District Tshopo, Oriental Province, DRCongo.
The objectives of the project are:
- to inventory all WEPs within the 14 major ethnic groups of the Tshopo District,
- to study their socio-economic, cultural and nutritional importance,
- to analyze the nutritional content of the WEPs and
- to document the market chains reposing on those plants.