Yak Cheese for a Brighter Future: Mongolia
At just 5,800 strong, Tuvans are Mongolia's smallest ethnic minority. Nomads who live in the high plains of Mongolia's west, their language was outlawed under socialist rule and their existence officially denied. Five years ago, Galtaikhuu set out to support his fellow Tuvans by stoking a new industry: cheese from yak milk. Strongly influenced by his father, a novelist who wrote under earlier oppression, Galtaikhuu is also finding other ways to ensure his people survive. Discover how the first Tuvan brand cheese is shaping a new future.
Most of Mongolia's Tuvans raise yaks and sheep in the foothills of the Altai mountains
Yaks feed on mountainous plants and produce highly nutritious milk, which is turned into cheese as a method of preservation
Galtaikhuu's father is a bestselling novelist who has worked to secure a future for the country's Tuvans
Galtaikhuu wants to work with Mongolia's cheese association to establish the Tuvan brand domestically and abroad