Donations

With your financial support you will enable implementation of our projects. Learn more about how it works. Thank you very much!

Newsletter

Our newsletter keeps you informed about our projects. You can sign up here.

Search


You are here: vsf » Media library

News (en)

27.09.18

Insider's tip against sour milk in the East African steppe

Calabashes are very robust vessels made of dried and hollowed gourds. Before smoking the calabashes, the Maasai rinse them with cattle's urine. | © Veterinarians without Borders

Maasai women decorate the calabashes depending on their use. Each vessel has its individual ornament. | © Veterinarians without Borders

Are you familiar with this: You want to take a good cup of coffee, add some milk and only then you realize that it has turned sour. Each of us who has encountered problems with the shelf-life of dairy products during the hot summer months can imagine the challenges the Maasai in the East African steppe face every day.

The Maasai live there under extreme environmental conditions. Temperatures can be very high for a long time, clean water is scarce. Not only does the milk of their cattle serve the Maasai themselves as a staple food. It also contributes to the regional supply of people with milk. The Maasai rely on the longstanding tradition of smoking calabashes, in which they store milk, to kill dangerous germs. This tradition has its origins thousands of years ago and is unique to nomadic pastoralists, especially in hot, arid regions of the world where there is a scarcity of clean water. The milk takes on the smoky taste of the calabash.

Although this method has long been cultivated, there has been little attention to the smoking of calabashes in literature. Our Tanzanian employee John Laffa has covered this issue in detail in his doctoral thesis. We will tell you of John's most significant findings in the next weeks.

zurück



Maasai-Art-Logo

NACHRICHTEN

12.12.18:

Has food fraud become acceptable?

Each food scandal is the result of - simplified - either a mistake or intention. The desire to...

10.12.18:

70 years Declaration of Human Rights

70 years ago this very day, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of Human Rights. It assumes...

26.11.18:

Research to protect the poorest

Food safety is an issue of growing significance in our globalized world. In order to reduce costs,...

Weitere News

VIDEOCLIPS

Test-Videonews

Video-Teaser-Subtitle

Maasai student Lucas Moreto successfully finishes diploma course!

We congratulate our Maasai student Lucas Moreto! As reported, Lucas is studying law at the TUDARCO...

Mogira - Der "Einstein" unter den Kühen

Kuh Mogira zählt bereits 12 Jahre und hat neuerdings sogar gelernt, die Wasserpumpe selbst zu...

Weitere Clips
Member of the network VSF International
VSF International