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Fortified Yogurt made by and for Families

Fortified yogurt could be locally customized, produced and distributed by and for families.

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Fortified yogurt enhances maternal and child health. The yogurt can be produced and sold locally by families with the participation of the kids in the process. The fortification composition can be optimized for each locality.

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Mothers and Children.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

Have a family make yogurt.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Any help is appreciated!

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.
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Manufacture and Quality of Iron-Fortified Yogurt.pdf

Manufacture and Quality of Iron-Fortified Yogurt

YogurtPerception.pdf

Perceptions about Probiotic Yogurt for Health and Nutrition in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania

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I think that the small scale production of yogurt you show in the DIY video requires more equipment than might be available for a poor family. The cooler, gas/electric stove (which gives of steady heat and enables good temperature control) and thermometer are elementary objects in the developed world but they might be hard to come by in poor third world homes.
In my opinion your idea can benefit greatly from using a maker/hacker community such as Instructables to come up with ways to build cheap and simple equipment.

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I remember that the ITDG was working on low-cost yogurt production equipment: http://answers.practicalaction.org/our-resources/item/soured-milk-and-yoghurt

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My mum incubates her yogurt by wrapping the container in 1 or 2 thick blankets. She then places that in a cupboard. The next day, there's yogurt - this works every time. My aunts (I have lots of them) also use this method successfully. It has been tested in the UK, where it's cold, and in California and India, where it's hot.

She also warms the milk in the microwave, rather than on the stove. But when she lived in India, the milk was heated over a fire. Nobody used a thermometer - they just knew when to stop. My family has been making their own yogurt for generations this way and no one has ever gotten sick. They've never used any special tools or boiled water - just a heat source, dairy, seed yogurt, container, and blanket. I wonder if the methods used by Indian families to make yogurt for dinner can be of any help. My parents grew up without electricity and modern tech, but they've always made their own yogurt safely.

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