Making cheese in Zambia
Kasisi Agriculture Training Centre (KATC) started in 1974 in Zambia and has since been empowering rural communities and improving their livelihoods through its training, research, market development, lobbying and advocacy in appropriate technologies and sustainable organic agriculture. KATC offers a variety of courses aimed at farmers, school teachers and community leaders on a broad range of issues including climate change, HIV/AIDS and gender. Since 1995, KATC has trained over 10, 000 people from Zambia, Malawi and Burundi.
KATC’s work is directly linked to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si and care for creation with environmental conservation and sustainable farming at the heart of their work. It works with small scale farmers promoting a climate smart agriculture which address the underlying causes of rural poverty.
Jesuit Missions is supporting KATC as they develop their income generating activities such as making specialised cheeses and roasted soya beans and maize which is then sold to create an income which is used to run and enhance the training centre. Previously Jesuit Missions has been able to provide a roller mill to enhance the food processing. KATC have been making cheeses for nearly a year and have found that their dairy products have gained a very high reputation and they have even been able to sell to some high-end supermarkets. Jesuit Missions will be providing a dairy cooler so that they can produce higher quality cheeses.
“We have been making the feta and halloumi since May of last year and there is quite a demand for them. We also make yogurt, sour and fresh cream.” (Paul Desmarais SJ)