Workshops & Training

The WISHH program focuses technical transfer and behavior change efforts on weak links in agricultural value chains to deliver growth to local economies and improved nutrition to people and animals. To do this, WISHH provides workshops and technical training.

WISHH has four types of workshops; click the category title to learn more about each.

Midwest Workshop +

The Midwest Workshop focuses on providing a forum for active participation in making links and developing partnerships between stakeholders in three specific sectors: government, non-profit organizations and commercial industry. Targeted participants include PVO personnel, multilateral institutions leaders, select industry representatives, and U.S. and other government officials.This is a terrific opportunity for participants to hear about soy, see its many uses demonstrated, and ask the experts about how their specific international programs can benefit. Attendees have benefited from the interaction with industry representatives as they explore how to expand the use of soy in their food aid programs around the world.

2018 Protein Workshop

2014 Midwest Workshop

Washington, D.C. Workshops +

WISHH Cultivates Trade & Development through USDA Cochran Fellowships for School Nutrition

With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), ASA’s WISHH provided nutrition and school meals training in Washington, D.C. and Delaware for eight representatives of governments or non-governmental organizations based in Nicaragua and Panama. FAS requested that WISHH conduct the training through the Cochran Fellowship Program that strengthens trade linkages while also helping countries develop agricultural systems necessary to meet their populations’ needs for food. FAS in-country staffs requested the training for the participants from Panama’s Ministries of Health and Education as well as Panamanian and Nicaraguan non-governmental organizations that are responsible for meals for thousands of children and other social programs. The Nicaraguan participants included a representative of the United Nations World Food Program as well as World Vision and the Fabretto Foundation. Several of the groups are implementing USDA McGovern Dole Food for Education Programs that provides them with U.S. corn-soy blend.

Held September 30-October 7, WISHH’s training introduced these decision makers to long-time WISHH supply chain partner, Alimentos S.A., which purchases U.S. soy and corn to make a variety of foods for school meals and more.  ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins, Delaware Soybean Board Chairman James H. “Jay” Baxter, IV and soybean grower David Marvel met with the Fellows to discuss on-farm sustainability and quality assurance practices. Marvel also facilitated Colonial Delaware School visits for the group, which were timely given October is National Farm to School Month. Participants gave the training high marks for increasing their knowledge of school meals as well as opportunities to increase trade with the United States. WISHH is working with the participants as well as Alimentos to follow up on the interest to use more foods made with U.S. soy.


Delaware soybean grower David Marvel (center with soybean plant) and ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins share soybean knowledge with USDA Cochran Fellows, including a representative of the United Nations World Food Program in Nicaragua.


Delaware Soybean Board Chairman James H. “Jay” Baxter, IV hosted Cochran Fellows at his family farm where he discussed soil health and how U.S. farmers continuously work on sustainability and quality assurance.


ASA WISHH’s Cochran 2017 Fellows and Cochran Alumnae join FAS representatives for discussions about U.S. food and trade programs and policy in Washington, D.C. Front row from left: Drucyla Castillo from Panama’s Ministry of Health; Paola Escobar of Alimentos’ S.A., which uses U.S. soybeans and corn in a variety of products; USDA FAS Deputy Administrator Office of Capacity Building and Development Jocelyn Brown; Maria Elena Velazquez of World Food Program-Nicaragua; Orlando Saez from Panama’s Ministry of Education; Kebyn Gonzales of World Vision Nicaragua; WISHH Cochran Alumnae Wilna Oldewage-Theron PhD Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech. Back row: Mabel Rivera from Panama’s Ministry of Health; USDA Branch Chief of Scientific Exchanges Division Avis Watts-Massenburg; USDA International Agricultural Program Specialist Adam Carruthers; USDA International Agricultural Program Specialist Adam Scheinkman; Rossana Bonadies and Giovani Ostia of the Nutra Hogar organization in Panama.


Cargill Vice President Van Yeutter (back row on right) greeted the WISHH’s USDA Cochran Fellows while Cargill Director Federal Government Relations Kate Houston (not shown) presented information on how the company’s products are used in school meals around the world.


USDA FAS Deputy Administrator Office of Capacity Building and Development Jocelyn Brown met with WISHH’s Cochran Fellow group to share background on USDA’s programs that benefit both the United States and developing countries.


WISHH’s 2017 Cochran Fellows present their foods made with U.S. soy protein following hands-on training from Alimentos S.A. food engineer Paola Escobar and Wilna Oldewage-Theron, alumnae of WISHH’s past Cochran Fellowship training programs.


The Colonial Delaware School District staff generously shared real-world insight with the Fellows who were excited to witness the school’s farm, FFA chapter, garden and culinary arts program as well as school nutrition program offerings. USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education team members also joined the school visit.


William Penn High School FFA members made a powerful impression on the Fellows who were eager to learn more about ways to engage students in agriculture and nutrition.

The Washington Conference and Workshop

The Washington Conference and Workshop is held in Washington, D.C. The objective for the conference is to encourage open dialogue on a wide array of topics relative to food aid and nutrition. The theme of the workshop is to discuss projects that the WISHH program has undertaken to give various industry, shipping and PVO representatives a chance to discuss the logistics involved in using various soy products. Below you can find presentations and photos from previous Washington Conferences by clicking on the corresponding links.

International Workshops, Training & Technical Assistance +

WorkshopwithThreeLeggedMealVisual Join the American Soybean Association’s WISHH program and the Indiana Soybean Alliance for an international workshop targeting quality institutional meals. Find out more HERE.

WISHH brings soy nutrition and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, food technologist, school officials and others who can then replicate the success in developing countries. Partners like the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Kansas State University, and the Northern Crops Institute help expand the strengths of WISHH trainings.

Below are some examples of the countries and trainings that have been held, including links to the presentations provided during the training. We encourage you to check out our Recent News page and our YouTube Channel to see stories of some of our most recent trainings and workshops.

El Salvador: July 2015

WISHH Consultant, Dr. Sergio Serna, gives instruction to local bakers on the inclusion of U.S. soy products in baked goods.

WISHH Consultant, Dr. Sergio Serna, gives instruction to local bakers on the inclusion of U.S. soy products in baked goods.

Burkina Faso: June 2012

During this one day conference, local and international speakers described how soy ingredients can be used in manufacturing human food and animal feed products. Experts from different parts of the soy value chain shared how easily fundamental proteins can be made accessible to all.


Cameroon: April 2012

Proteins are building blocks, and soy is a protein powerhouse. Food industry and food aid can use soy to provide products that deliver these critical building blocks. Speakers at this conference shared how they’ve made an impact with protein-rich soy, and share how an impact can be made.


Cote d’Ivoire: November 2013


Ethiopia March 2009

“Meeting consumer demands for wellness and fasting products with U.S. Soy and peanut protein products”
This forum highlighted nutrition and economic opportunities of utilizing U.S. soy and peanut products and ingredients to meet the health and nutrition demands of the local population.


Kenya March 2014

U.S.-East African Agricultural Trade: Promise of Continuing Partnership for Expanded Opportunity


Kenya March 2009

Opportunity in the Value Chain: Meeting Consumer Demands for Wellness Products with US Proteins Products and Ingredients through Agribusiness Approaches and Food Aid Channels
This conference highlighted nutrition and economic opportunities of utilizing U.S. protein products and ingredients to meet the protein demands of local populations. Presenters provided information on agribusiness approaches and sustainable responses to business opportunities in the East African food industry.


Mozambique January 2010

Achieving Sustainable Solutions: USA Protein and Local Agricultural Development
This conference explored the benefits of USA protein products on local agricultural development; highlighting the nutrition and economic opportunities of utilizing USA protein products and ingredients to meet the immediate protein demands of local populations while building the market demand for locally grown agricultural products. Industry leaders, key decision makers, academia, and those involved in the value chain of high quality proteins will provide information on agribusiness approaches and sustainable responses.

Presentations & Agenda

Thursday, January 28. 2010Friday, January 29, 2010

Master of Ceremony: Eng. Ana Paula Cardoso, Moz Codex Alimentarius Committee Focal Point & Department of Environmental Health Head, Ministry of Health
8:15 am Welcome coffee/tea and Networking
8:45 am Introduction and opening remarks –
Dr. Mouzinho Saíde, National Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health. TBC
Dr. Salimo Abdula, Executive Director of CTA (Confederation of Trade Associations of Mozambique) (TBC)
Kari Rojas, Senior Agricultural Attaché, US Department of Agriculture (confirmed)
9:15 am Why Protein? Requirements and Desires for Nutritious Solutions throughout the Lifecycle.
Professor Wilna Odewage-Theron, Professor of Nutrition and Director, Institute of Sustainable Livelihoods, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
9:30 am Investing in Adequate Nutrition: Critical for National Development – Issues, Challenges and Opportunities.
Mr. Larry Umunna, Managing Director, LHD Africa Development
9:45 am Value Chain Development for Sustainable Solutions – Local Agriculture & Aquaculture Development and USA Protein Imports Working in Harmony towards a Common Goal
Prof. Firmino Mucavele, Agri-Business Professor, University of Eduardo Mondlane (former Executive Director of NEPAD)
10:05 am US Protein Panel & Wellness Products:
Hear about USA origin proteins and how they meet the consumer and market demands for wellness products. Discussions will include nutritional benefits, functional properties, and economic advantages; where/how these products are used around the globe and how they can be accessed.10:05-10:15 Joe Jacobson, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, ASMI
10:15-10:25 Paul Green, North American Millers Association, NAMA
10:25-10:35 Charles Wachsmuth, US Dry Bean Council
10:35-10:45 Johanna Stobbs, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
10:45-10:55 Anita Florido, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health
11:00 am Coffee/tea and network: Enjoy sampling various protein products
11:30 am Protein Applications in Various Feeding Platforms
11:30-11:45 Early Childhood Nutrition, Complimentary Foods, Avone Pedro, Department of Nutrition Head, Ministry of Health
11:45-12:00 Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods-RUTFs
Joint Aid Management, JAM
12:00-12:15 School Feeding
Dr. Eurico Banze, Director of Special Programs, Ministry of Education and Culture
12:15-12:30 Commercial Processed Food Products
Eng. Odete Tsamba, Institute for Promotion of Small and Medium Scale Industries Director, Ministry of Industry and Trade
12:30 pm Product Innovation and Marketing of Protein Products
Louis Pelembe, Professor, University of Eduardo Mondlane & WISHH Program Officer
12:45 pm Q&A: All Presenters
1:00 pm Wrap up & Lunch: Pick a table and continue the discussions around Imports and Local Agricultural Development. Each commodity group will host a table.
8:15 am Welcome coffee/tea and Networking
8:30 am Introduction and opening remarks –
Paul Green – International Trade Consultant, NAMA
8:45 am CTA (Confederation of Trade Associations) of Mozambique
9:05 am Standards and Quality Assurance Procedures in Mozambique
Dr. Eduarda Mungoi – Head of Department of Standards at INNOQ (National Institute of Normalization and Quality)
9:25 am Import Procedures in Mozambique
Gama Afonso – CTA (Confederation of Trade Associations of Mozambique) TBC
9:45 am Import, Export and Quality Assurance Procedures in Fisheries
Ana Timana – Deputy Director of INIP (National Institute of Fisheries Inspection)
10:15 am Coffee/tea and network: Enjoy sampling various protein products
10:30 am Procedures for setting a business in Mozambique
Mrs. Odete Tsamba, Director of the Institute for Promotion of Small and Medium Scale Industries, Ministry of Industry and Trade
11:00 am Q&A: All Presenters
11:45 am Wrap up & Lunch at Costa do Sol Restaurant
2:00 pm Visit the Maputo Harbor facilities

South Africa May 2012

Food Security Seminar
Today much of the world is faced with higher food prices and falling consumption. The strains of the economic crisis make it more important than ever for consumers from all countries and all walks of life to have access to high-quality, nutritious foods that are also cost-effective.
This one-day seminar, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided practical information on good, healthy foods that are reasonably priced. American speakers introduced high-quality, cost-effective food products from the USA, including peanuts; soy; potatoes; dry beans; dry peas, lentils and chickpeas; and seafood.


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