Nutrition and Agriculture Value Chains: Finding the Links
General Session: Defining Critical Issues
Breakout Session: Afghanistan Projects – USDA Food for Progress
Breakout Session: Fragile Market Economies
Breakout Session: Business Opportunities in Developing Countries – Transforming Crops into Food
2012 Washington DC Conference Photos
U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger described having access to food as the “biggest disinfectant to terrorism….The role you play here is not just important to feeding people, it is security. It very well may save the lives of Americans.” Kinzinger was part of multiple military tours to Afghanistan prior to his election to Congress in 2010. Following his remarks, Representative Kinzinger met with representatives of the World Soy Foundation and WISHH. Front row from left: Illinois soybean grower and WISHH Board Member Pat Dumoulin, Congressman Kinzinger, Illinois soybean grower and WISHH Board Member C.W. Gaffner, World Soy Foundation Executive Director Nathan Ruby. Back row: Illinois soybean grower and WISHH Board Member Dan Farney; World Soy Foundation Board Member Rus Kinzinger; Illinois soybean grower and WISHH board member Bill Wykes.
American Soybean Association President Alan Kemper moderates questions from the audience for U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse who leads USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service. Scuse commended WISHH and soybean producers for feeding hungry people, promoting sustainable development and providing technical assistance around the world while building U.S. soy protein markets.
Cade Fields-Gardner, a registered dietician specializing in HIV, highlighted nutritional lessons learned from numerous studies as well as her years of practical experience around the world. She described the twin challenges of malnutrition as well as the growing issue of “globalesity” where people are overweight yet still undernourished.
U.S. State Department Senior Agriculture Advisor Quintin Gray (right) discusses global agricultural development with WISHH board member and Indiana soybean grower Darrel McGriff.
Soybean farmer leaders discussed the Afghanistan project with staff for WISHH as well as partners in the project from SALT and Shelter for Life.
WISHH Project Manager-Asia Lynn Engstrand leads the breakout session on the USDA Food for Progress project that WISHH and partners lead in Afghanistan.
Dana Richey presented the opportunities for nutrition and agriculture partnerships through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service’s Office of Capacity Building and Development.
U.S. Agency for International Development Director for Private Sector and Innovation Tjada McKenna described the U.S. government’s multi-agency “Feed the Future” Initiative as well as business partnerships that promote nutrition.