Mauritania's Milk Industry Faces Stiff Foreign Competition
It's a struggle for small dairy producers in Mauritania to stay afloat, when their market is flooded with European imports. It seems that women have pioneered the stirrings of a movement thus far, and some are making progress. Gant Daily has the story:
Nancy Abeiderrahmane, a British engineer married to a Mauritanian, established Tiviski, Africa’s first camel-milk dairy, in Nouakchott in’87. At the time, there was no fresh milk available in the markets in Nouakchott. Powdered or ultra-high temperature milk imported from Europe and elsewhere was the only product available.
“She did not like the idea of making milk from imported powder, as others were doing. She saw semi-pastoralists, who would sell their milk outside the city – it was good-quality, fresh milk. She felt she had to help them and make that milk available to people in the cities,” said Maryam Abeiderrahmane, Nancy’s daughter, who now runs Tiviski.