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Once there was a female farmer who made cheese in Georgia…


During the 43rd Committee on World Food Security (CFS43), participants discussed farmers, ago-entrepreneurs, and family businesses. There was much talk about women farmers and their importance in rural development. But the question is: where are the women farmers? During the sessions, I was looking forward to finding the young people and women farmers. And I then I found her.

Ana Mikadze-Chikvaidze is a chairwoman of the Georgian Cheese Makers’ Association. She is here at CFS43 to gather experience from other people and take it back to Georgia. She is looking for organizations which are working to discover traditional, unique sorts of products and promote them.  For these reasons she was attending the Side Event about “Improving agribusiness and access to markets of small scale farmers”. But she discovered that every case is different, and what works in Western Cape will not work in Georgia.

Mrs. Mikadze-Chikvaidze is a woman farmer from Georgia and well-known among cheese lovers. She travels from village to village to discover and promote unique types of cheese and collect information from cheese masters.

Read the full post on the CFS blog here.

Blogpost by Melano Dadalauri, Nana Kobaidze, #CFS43 Social Reporters –

This post is part of the live coverage during the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a project GFAR is running in collaboration with CFS. Melano Dadalauri is one of five YPARD members who was fully sponsored by GFAR to participate in the GFAR social media bootcamp and to attend CFS as a social reporter from 17-21 October 2016.

Photo: Georgian cheese, courtesy Lana Iantberidze

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