Ugandan Cheesemaking Adventures
When considering various cheesemaking areas of the world, East Africa is not usually the first region that springs to mind. However, between 2004-2006, I was offered the chance to do some extensive dairy development work with farmers and cheesemakers in Uganda, Kenya and Sudan.
Coming from a world of high-end cheese retail, the contrast was huge, and yet utterly rewarding. It became clear that despite the climatic and cultural differences, many of the farmers and cheesemakers face identical challenges to those in developed parts of the world. Therefore, it was a question of adapting what I knew, as opposed to adopting.
The Non Government Organization (NGO) behind these programs is, somewhat surprisingly, Land O Lakes. Yes. The same huge dairy cooperative with the iconic native American lady as their logo, also has a very active International Dairy Development program, that does very valuable - and largely unsung – work in some of the poorest regions of the world. www.idd.landolakes.com
Here are a selection of photos from some of the farmers, cheesemakers and dairies that I worked with.