WOMEN EMPOWERED: Vital Work Made Visible
In Brazil’s Seara region, Inês Gasparin Müller and Claudette Finger were shocked to see their traditional raw-milk cheese thrown away at a regional contest. The problem? It’s considered illegal. Seara’s artisanal cheesemakers are now getting support to claim their right to a long culinary tradition.
Nepali women making a living sorting through landfill waste in Kathmandu get less pay and no recognition for their work. Maya Tamang is treasurer of a cooperative where waste pickers are joining forces to demand acceptance by their government.
Women have little power when it comes to land in rural Kenya. But Beatrice Yamumu, a farmer on a dairy smallholding, begins to see signs of change when a research project helps the community see the value of women’s farmwork.
In West Africa, yam is a staple. But it saps the earth of nutrients, leaving the land too depleted to secure the region’s food supply. Scientists Beatrice Aighew and Chinwe Ifejika Speranza are leading on research to keep soils fertile and grow yam sustainably.
The footage was collected by scientists working side by side with communities around the globe, supported by the Swiss Programme for Research on Issues for Development (r4d programme), an initiative by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The r4d programme mobilizes the scientific community to support global development with their knowledge, creativity and innovative solutions. More information on the r4d programme: https://www.r4d.ch/en
A FILM BY Anita Makri & Minos Papas
VIDEOGRAPHY Adriana Bessa, Sara Baga Yash Man Karmacharya, CIUD James Mwerea, Damitha Samarakoon Stephanie Jacquet, Hai Ngyuen Santiphap_Meunmany, Julian Greenwood Andrea_Leuenberger
ASSISTANT EDITORS Liz Sargent, Hiran Balasuriya & Mike Charalambous
VOICE OVER BY Shobha Srinivasan / The Voice Realm MUSIC BY Tao Zervas
DIALOG MIX Ben Wong TRANSLATION Boubacar Aribot, Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade, Marianna Limas, Davina Leonard, Joyce Chimbi, Smriti Jha / KTM Films Private LTD, Ayushma Regmi
STOCK MEDIA PROVIDED BY Aptypkok/Yura Fresh / Pond5
Based on the r4D Digital Storytellers Project, produced by Paititi Lab, Sonja Schenkel, and the Food Systems Caravan.