Legalising local cheese making in Brazil
Raw-milk cheese-making belongs to the culinary culture of Seara in Brazil. Originally established by settlers from Germany, Italy and Poland, this cheese has traditionally been produced by women who passed it on to new generations. Cheese-making enhanced their visibility in the community, and generated extra income. Potential health risks prompted Brazil to ban produce from raw-milk cheese-making in the 1990s.
The r4d projectFood Sustainabilityfocuses on food value chains and food security. Researchers organised panel discussions with local famers about food security, traditions, rights and sustainability. These panels initiated a process of local empowerment, providing possibilities for associating and exchanging with other dairy food producers and for reducing isolation. Arguments for legalisation of raw-milk cheese-making and marketing were collected to initiate a process with the higher authorities to rethink the safety of local traditional dairy products. More recognition at both regional and national level is a step towards legalising this cheese-making tradition and enhancing economic wellbeing, particularly of female producers.
This video-clip was produced as part of ther4d programme Digital Storytellers synthesis project.Its contents were filmed and selected by Adriana Bessa from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Andrea Tecchio, Aymara Llanque and Esequiel Giaretta. The digital storytelling process was accompanied and supported byPaitití Lab.Watch on YouTube.
Adriana Bessa, email@example.com, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland
r4d project Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa (FoodSAF); https://www.cde.unibe.ch/research/projects/towards_food_sustainability/index_eng.html; http://www.r4d.ch/modules/food-security/food-sustainability
A film by Adriana Bessa, Andrea Tecchio, Aymara Llanque and Esequiel Giaretta / Edited by Karim Bia / Produced by Sonja Schenkel, Paititi Lab
More posts about this r4d project:
Digital Storytellers video-clip How can a community increase its food sustainability?; Digital Storytellers video-clip How efficient is agro-ecology as compared to agro-industry?, r4d Policy Brief Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Agro-industrial and Smallholder Farming Systems in Kenya