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.

The 2014 Midwest Workshop—made possible thanks to DuPont, the John Deere Foundation, INSTA-PRO International, CHS, NSRL and Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs)—attracted over 80 attendees from over a dozen countries.

The organizations represented at the workshop use a combined total of over 56,000 tons of soy per year (not including those who were unable to provide an estimate). Over 21 of the organizations also reported that their soy is imported from the United States.

A large number of participants expressed interest in understanding soy and the industry better, including ways to promote the consumption and commercialization of soy within their countries. Other key interests of many attendees were to gain knowledge on developing and introducing soyfoods/products into school nutrition programs and acquiring skills to better manage the many aspects of these programs.

Participants from around the world that were attending the 2014 ASA/WISHH Midwest Workshop had the opportunity to visit Illinois Soybean Association Director Doug Schroeder’s farm in Bellflower to see U.S. soybean fields firsthand. Doug fielded questions related to his farm operations, the soybean value chain, production and yields, equipment, and agricultural biotechnology.

Participants from around the world that were attending the 2014 ASA/WISHH Midwest Workshop had the opportunity to visit Illinois Soybean Association Director Doug Schroeder’s farm in Bellflower to see U.S. soybean fields firsthand. Doug fielded questions related to his farm operations, the soybean value chain, production and yields, equipment, and agricultural biotechnology.


Participants from around the world that were attending the 2014 ASA/WISHH Midwest Workshop had the opportunity to visit Illinois Soybean Association Director Doug Schroeder’s farm in Bellflower to see U.S. soybean fields firsthand. Doug fielded questions related to his farm operations, the soybean value chain, production and yields, equipment, and agricultural biotechnology.

Washington, D.C. Workshops +

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cochran Fellowship for School Feeding and Nutrition in cooperation with the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health
School Feeding and Nutrition Training, September 26-October 1, 2016
Training Module 1: Pre-workshop basic nutrition training (2.5 hours) to be completed by all attendees in advance of arrival in United States.

Presenter: Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Ph.D., RD (South Africa), Professor Nutritional Sciences Texas Tech University and alumni of WISHH 2014 Midwest Workshop “Practical Implementation of Quality School Feeding Programs: Ensuring Quality Nutrition at an Affordable Cost”

USDA WISHH Macronutrients – Lecture 1
USDA WISHH Macronutrients – Lecture 2
Pre-learning questionnaire

USDA Cochran Alumni Star in ASA/WISHH’s 2016 School Feeding and Nutrition Training
The vote is unanimous–100 percent of participants in the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program’s September 2016 USDA Cochran Fellowship Program reported they “Agree Strongly—The Cochran Fellowship Program increased my knowledge of school feeding and nutrition.”
Two participants who are implementing a USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program stated in a thank you letter that the training stands out as one of the best they have ever attended. “We were able to walk away and feel more equipped with a new understanding and strategies in dealing with feeding and nutrition issues.”

WISHH Cochran School Feeding Fellowship alumni and 2016 participants show their soy-protein foods that they made as part of teams with the culinary students at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia. The school invited WISHH to bring the Cochran trainees to let everyone learn together in a school setting.

WISHH Cochran School Feeding Fellowship alumni and 2016 participants show their soy-protein foods that they made as part of teams with the culinary students at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia. The school invited WISHH to bring the Cochran trainees to let everyone learn together in a school setting.

The post-evaluation responses reflect the Fellowship offering insight from more than 20 presenters, ranging from nutrition educators to farm-to-school and private-sector agriculture and food industry leaders. Importantly, two superstar WISHH Cochran alumni returned to serve as trainers of the class of 2016 and share ways to improve child nutrition in Central America and Africa.
Cochran alumni Paola Escobar (right) shares action plan ideas with 2016 participants from left William Mogano, Denise Hodgson and Elias Rivas. Hodgson and Rivas are implementing a USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program project in Nicaragua.  Escobar is a food engineer for Guatemalan food company, Alimentos S.A., which uses U.S. soy  in foods that help meet protein and other nutritional needs in Guatemalan and El Salvadoran school feeding programs.

Cochran alumni Paola Escobar (right) shares action plan ideas with 2016 participants from left William Mogano, Denise Hodgson and Elias Rivas. Hodgson and Rivas are implementing a USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program project in Nicaragua. Escobar is a food engineer for Guatemalan food company, Alimentos S.A., which uses U.S. soy in foods that help meet protein and other nutritional needs in Guatemalan and El Salvadoran school feeding programs.

2012 Alumni Paola Escobar, a food engineer with Guatemalan food company Alimentos S.A., traveled to the 2016 program thanks to WISHH leveraging its soybean checkoff support from the Michigan Qualified State Soybean Board. 2014 Alumni Wilna Oldewage-Theron also joined to pass on her expertise during the WISHH 2016 training held in Washington, D.C., Delaware and Virginia.

2014 Cochran Training Inspires Ten New Soy-Based Foods
Oldewage-Theron was a professor and Director of the Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods, Vaal University of Technology in South Africa when she participated in WISHH’s 2014 Cochran Fellowship training. Now a professor of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University, she remains active in South African nutrition initiatives.

Cochran alumni Wilna Oldewage-Theron (center) assists 2016 Cochran trainee William Mogano (red shirt) on cooking with soy training offered in conjunction with nutrition education. Oldewage-Theron’s own Cochran training inspired her to address the lack of high quality, nutritious soy-based food products in South Africa. She successfully garnered funding to develop ten food products that are slated to finish research trials in 2017.

Cochran alumni Wilna Oldewage-Theron (center) assists 2016 Cochran trainee William Mogano (red shirt) on cooking with soy training offered in conjunction with nutrition education. Oldewage-Theron’s own Cochran training inspired her to address the lack of high quality, nutritious soy-based food products in South Africa. She successfully garnered funding to develop ten food products that are slated to finish research trials in 2017.

“I attended the program in 2014 and benefited immensely by learning about school nutrition programs in the United States of America and other countries,” said Oldewage-Theron of WISHH’s 2014 Midwest Workshop Practical Implementation of Quality School Feeding Programs: Ensuring Quality Nutrition at an Affordable Cost. “I left the program to go back to South Africa motivated and inspired to go and make a difference in my country.”
Specifically, WISHH’s 2014 program encouraged Oldewage-Theron to address the lack of high-quality, nutritious soy-based food products in South Africa. She succeeded in garnering funding to develop ten food products that are slated to finish research trials in 2017.

WISHH Leverages FAS Funding for Central American School Feeding Successes
Meanwhile, Escobar says WISHH’s 2012 Cochran Fellowship gave her fresh ideas to return to her company, which produces a variety of high-protein, soy-based foods that are widely consumed throughout Guatemala and beyond. USDA Market Access Program funding has allowed WISHH to provide technical trainings for the company’s Central American employees. Through USDA’s Foreign Market Development program, WISHH has also brought Alimentos’ key staff to participate in trade teams to the United States where they learned more about U.S. soybeans and the soybean products the company is purchasing. WISHH staff and farmer leaders have visited the company to reiterate the value, quality and dependability of U.S. soy.
This year, WISHH partnered with Alimentos to host a Soy Nutrition See for Yourself trip in Guatemala. Attendees included a representative of El Salvador’s Ministry of Health, which is responsible for administering social programs in the country. She witnessed how the Guatemalan factory manufactures soy-based beverages and porridge mixes that the government purchases and distributes to Guatemalan social program participants, such as schools. The tour also included presentations on the value of soy nutrition and visits to a Guatemalan community where a soy-based meal program reduced child malnutrition from 83 percent to 35 percent.
Upon the participant’s return to El Salvador and convinced of the value of soy nutrition, the Ministry of Health placed an order for 1.35 million 450-gram bags of the U.S. soy-based beverage for use in the country’s social programs. The product contains 20 percent U.S. soy flour and will be distributed to children, ages six months to 24 months, who are at high risk for malnutrition. This purchase will supply the program for one year. The Government of El Salvador also purchases 950 metric tons of a different soy-based product from this company and the World Food Program distributes 350 metric tons of an additional soy-based product.
Escobar was able to share these experiences and more with the 2016 Cochran Trainees from Nicaragua and South Africa

2016 Trainees Return Home with Action Plans and More for Improved School Feeding
Both Escobar and Oldewage-Theron joined WISHH’s team in working with the 2016 Cochran Fellows, three of whom implement USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program projects in Nicaragua. Another participant is a deputy manager in the Limpopo South African department of agriculture.
WISHH’s 2016 training increased nutrition and school feeding knowledge. It included a farm visit where American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins discussed U.S. agricultural sustainability. National farm-to-school leader/soybean grower David Marvel and his network of school nutrition contacts, including the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, were a highlight.

National Farm to School leader, David Marvel, hosted the trainees at his family’s Delaware soybean and vegetable farm where he  and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agent Nancy R. Mears described their many nutrition education and school feeding initiatives.

National Farm to School leader, David Marvel, hosted the trainees at his family’s Delaware soybean and vegetable farm where he and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agent Nancy R. Mears described their many nutrition education and school feeding initiatives.

“Now I am more convinced that the products donated to our country for the children contain the essential needs for a good, health and complete nutrition,” stated a participant.
Throughout the training, the WISHH team focused on the goal for each participant to develop an action plan for improved school feeding. All participants completed their action plans, reporting it will enable them to benefit their colleagues and communities. When asked to identify a specific example of follow up plans, a participant stated he will work to train parents and teachers so they have more information regarding the nutrition facts on the products offered through the USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program.
The post-evaluation surveys show the Fellowship whetted the participants’ appetite for school feeding information. WISHH is helping fill this hunger for knowledge. By establishing a community of practice group, WISHH and the participants will continue to share results, reports, and recipes through the internet and social media.

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 +

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.

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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.

Presentations

Cote d’Ivoire: November 2013

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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.

Presentations

Kenya March 2014

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

Presentations

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.

Presentations

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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