As half of its efforts to develop and diversify livelihoods, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working to empower rural girls and restore hope to returnees by means of the challenge “Support to livelihoods of rural and peri-city returnees and communities in Ninewa Governorate, Iraq, funded by the European Union and applied in shut cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture (Nineveh Directorate of Agriculture).
It goals to develop the worth chain of milk manufacturing, processing, and advertising of conventional dairy at the residence stage inside the framework of sensible coaching programs that can final for a interval of six months to contain 50 girls teams (1,000 girls) from all challenge goal websites in Nineveh Governorate, The challenge organized coaching programs entitled “Improving the Processing and Marketing of Traditional Dairy Products” from 7 to 11 November 2021, in the presence of 50 girls from Bartella and Al-Hamdaniya Districts. Participants gained strategies on good practices of dealing with and processing dairy, whereas implementing an illustrative sensible demonstration for making conventional dairy merchandise (Laban, cheese, butter, ghee, labneh).
This introduction of new strategies on how to make differing kinds of cheese, to get wholesome and secure dairy merchandise together with concepts for making nice merchandise that may be aggressive in the market. Also, individuals obtained coaching on the right milking strategies for cows and buffaloes and how to comply with the steps of milk hygiene and animal well being requirements.
During the coaching interval, which lasted for 5 days, the FAO Representative in Iraq, Dr. Salah El Hajj Hassan praised the efforts made in the coaching and confused the energetic participation of girls’s teams and their keenness on the programs, expressing that this comes amongst the priorities of the group to discover a actual partnership for these teams, and that these sensible programs will enhance the capability of the non-public sector in the dairy business. Dr. Salah El Hajj Hassan additionally highlighted that the priorities of the FAO are to search an actual partnership with these teams and empower them to help their households independently, emphasizing the want to activate their position. Furthermore, including that these programs will enhance the competitiveness of the sector and contribute to the native improvement course of and the improvement of the high quality of the dairy merchandise.
While the FAO International Livestock Expert, Dr. Chedly Kayouli, the supervisor and coach in these programs, stated that the sensible coaching on the processing of new cheeses, are delivered in a participatory and interactive strategy, that is what displays the spirit of teamwork and self-improvement. Also, it contributes to the introduction of experience to produce new sorts of cheese produced for the first time by rural girls at residence stage in Nineveh, equivalent to the manufacture of Akkawi cheese, Halloumi, Mozzarella, Double cream, Ricotta and Labneh. The attendance and interplay throughout the workshops had been very fruitful and encouraging, and the individuals confirmed nice curiosity in studying primary and new concepts and practices in dairy processing, whereas a household environment prevailed throughout the trainings.
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