Savoring Local Flavours: “Atsybra” Store in Sukhum Showcases Farmers’ Cheese in Exclusive Tasting Event

SUKHUM / AQW'A —  On July 6th, the “Atsybra” store in Sukhum hosted an exclusive farmers’ cheese tasting event, where local female farmers, participating in the “Supporting Women in Home Dairy Production” project, showcased a diverse range of artisanal cheeses. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) local project office and UN Women.

The event not only celebrated the richness and diversity of cheeses produced in the region but also served as a stepping stone for local female farmers engaged in small-scale dairy production. The selection of cheeses on display was diverse, with varieties such as Suluguni, smoked cheese, Halloumi, Scamorza, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Windsor, Camblue, Feta, Brynza, and several others, each boasting its unique flavour profile and characteristics.

Local FAO office specialists have been actively engaged in this initiative, providing technical support and training to the participating female farmers. This training encompasses modern farming techniques, cheese production methodologies, and strategies for enhancing the quality of dairy products.

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One of the event's highlights was the announcement of a partnership between Natalia Shevtsova, one of the project participants, and the “Atsybra” store. Shevtsova signed a contract for the supply of cheese, signifying a promising step for local dairy producers.

Guests at the tasting event were treated to a delectable array of cheeses, while also having the opportunity to interact with the farmers, who eagerly shared insights into their craft.

Moving forward, the “Atsybra” store will feature a selection of these locally-produced cheeses, bringing the finest dairy products right to the consumers’ doorstep.

In collaboration with UN Women and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the FAO's local project office remains steadfast in its commitment to empower female farmers through a series of events and initiatives, aimed at boosting home dairy production and broadening economic opportunities for women in the region.




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