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Improving tchoukou cheese technology in the Niger

Tchoukou is a traditional cheese of the Sahelian regions of the Niger made exclusively by women A development project was formulated to improve the technology used to make dairy products, including tchoukou, in traditional settings, and the design of portable production kits for the women cheese-makers was one of the results. A marketing network for the "new" tchoukou was also established after the raining of a national project team, women extension agents and finally the cheese-makers themselves. The network is made up of women's groups with reception facilities and a storage area to stock and grade the cheeses. The improved technology reduces wastage and produces cheeses that are more hygienic, more presentable and fetch a higher price.

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