The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program offers exciting updates on the world of soy nutrition and global development. For your convenience, this newsletter offers live links to useful resources.
USDA-ASA-Afghan Cooperation Creates Afghanistan’s First Soy Processing Value Chain
Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress Program, WISHH and its partners have established Afghanistan’s first commercial soybean value chain as part of the Soybeans in Agricultural Renewal of Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI).
2012 results so far include:
- Afghanistan’s first soybean processing factory is at work processing Afghan-grown soybeans as well as U.S. soybeans that ensure it has a steady supply to serve as a reliable source for high-quality protein.
- Kefayat Dairy Farms made the first purchase of 10 metric tons of soybean meal from the processor for its herd of 140 Holstein cows. Farmhands soon noted the cows producing two to three additional liters of milk a day, and the milk quality was noticeably improved so customers were willing to pay more.
3,325 Afghan farmers, including 300 women, planted soybeans through SARAI. ASA saluted Army Colonel Doug Rose for helping coordinate military transport of U.S. soybean seeds to reach these subsistence Afghan farmers.
ASA Taps 16 Growers from Nine States for WISHH Leadership Team
American Soybean Association (ASA) President Steve Wellman has confirmed 16 soybean growers from nine states to ASA’s WISHH Committee in 2012-2013. WISHH Committee Members reelected David Iverson of South Dakota as chair and Andy Welden of Michigan as vice chair. Illinois grower Dan Farney is the new treasurer. Lucas Heinen of Kansas now serves as secretary.
New WISHH Committee Members for 2012-13 are: Gary Berg (Ill.); Ron Bunjer (Minn.); Ryan Cahoon (N.C.); Dean Coleman (Iowa); Levi Huffman (Ind.); Mike Marron (Ill.); Joe Murphy (Ill.), and Art Wosick (N.D.). Returning to the Committee are Scott Fritz (Ind.); Monica McCranie (S.D.); Darrel McGriff (Ind.), and Randy Van Kooten (Iowa). United Soybean Board Director Mary Lou Smith (Mich.), and Drew Klein, representing the U.S. Soybean Export Council, serve as ex-officio members of the Committee.
Wellman and Iverson recognized outgoing WISHH Members: Ken Bartlett (N.C.); Pat Dumoulin (Ill.); C.W. Gaffner (Ill.); Jared Hagert (N.D.); John Heisdorffer (Iowa); Barb Overlie (Minn.), and Jack Trumbo (Ky.); Bill Wykes (Ill.).
Progress in Pakistan Through WISHH Aquaculture Efforts
Pakistan has an established system of fish farming but no commercial fish feeds are produced in the country. WISHH is at work so Pakistan can utilize soy-based feeds that allow for improved feed conversion ratios, contributing to increased productivity and profitability.
WISHH’s first year results in the three-year program that uses 25 metric tons of U.S. soybean meal containing aquafeed include:
- Entering a Memorandum of Understanding with a feed production company near Lahore to purchase an extruder and produce floating fish feed with imported U.S. soybean meal.
- Training six local Pakistanis who are tracking the progress of tilapia feeding trials and much more.
Kansas State University, in conjunction with WISHH, trained five members of the Pakistani aquaculture industry on fish feed production and U.S. extrusion technology. The trip will likely result in the follow-up purchase of Kansas-made soy extrusion equipment.
Agreement Supports Pakistani Company’s Purchase of Soy Processing Equipment
In September, ASA’s WISHH entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oryza Organics (PVT) LTD, a feed production company located just outside of Lahore.
The signing of the MOU marks an important step in ASA/WISHH’s three-year “FEEDing Pakistan” program aimed at improving capacity, productivity and quality in the Pakistani aquaculture sector with a focus on high-quality fish feed produced with imported U.S. soybean meal.
ASA/WISHH will assist Oryza in purchasing an extruder capable of producing floating fish feed with imported U.S. soybean meal. Currently, there are no commercial fish feeds produced in Pakistan so this project will help fill a crucial gap in the aquaculture industry. Tilapia feeding demonstrations are in place throughout Pakistan to highlight the value of high-quality fish feeds, and ASA/WISHH will be shipping a container of U.S. soybean meal to Pakistan for fish feed production in the coming months.
Read USDA Blog to learn more about how USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is supporting this effort.
WISHH Pakistani Trade Team Visits University of Illinois, Mankato and St. Louis
In June, WISHH brought five members of Pakistan’s food industry, including the woman in charge of new product development for Pizza Hut franchises in Pakistan, to the United States. The trade delegation members were interested in buying U.S. value-added soy proteins for many different uses. They even explored pizza toppings made from soy.
The group included members from the baking and meat industries and a woman in charge of quality assurance and new product development for the Pizza Hut franchises in Pakistan. The team first attended the INTSOY course at the University of Illinois, where they were able to delve more deeply into the value of soy utilization. They stayed at the National Soybean Research Laboratory for an extra day following the course to gain hands-on experience specifically relevant to their particular industries.
The team then headed to Mankato, Minn., where the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council arranged an elevator tour, visit to a U.S. soybean farm, and a great dinner featuring s’mores in front of a campfire. The following day the team visited CHS and took a tourled by Pam Schubbe CHS soy flour sales, CHProcessing and Food Ingredients. Schubbe gave the group details about theU.S. soy products offered there.
The team ended its visit in St. Louis at the ASA/WISHH offices where members received a concluding course from WISHH consultant Bruce Large on the use of soy in meat products.
YouTube Videos and More Show WISHH’s Work in Africa
Check out WISHH’s website to see 11 new videos that show how WISHH is partnering with African and U.S. companies as well as non-governmental organizations to offer more nutritious foods in Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and more.
Other recent WISHH activities include:
- WISHH Committee Chair David Iverson (SD), ASA Director John Heisdorffer (IA) and USB Director Larry Marek (IA) made a three-country tour of Africa. They met African entrepreneurs like Charles Nsubuga, General Manager of SESACO, which imports U.S. textured soy protein, defatted soy flour and isolated soy protein.
- WISHH soy nutrition conferences in Cameroon and Burkina Faso have featured key speakers, such as the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon Robert Jackson and Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Andre Mama Fouda.
- WISHH and the National Soybean Research Laboratory staff were in Cote d’Ivoire sharing soy nutrition expertise for school feeding programs.
WISHH Helps Build New Processing Facility in Liberia
Construction is underway in Fishtown, River Gee County, for a new processing facility where cassava will be ground into gari, and further processed with U.S. soy flour into Super Gari. A processing facility is already making the product in Zwedru Liberia.
WISHH Welcomes African Trade Teams
WISHH arranged for its supply chain partners from Uganda and Nigeria to participate in a course at Utah State University. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MAP provided funding support for the delegation, which received training on the role of soy proteins in meat-based as well as vegetarian foods. The team also visited U.S. soy companies, CHS and Solae, as well as WISHH headquarters in St. Louis.
WISHH Supports Growing Role for Soy in Central America
WISHH continues to build opportunities for soy in Central America where soy offers much-needed protein in diets.
- USDA’s three-year McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program is purchasing a total of 810 MT of U.S. TSP (40,000 bushel equivalent) and will reach a total of 70,000 Nicaraguan schoolchildren. WISHH and the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) team are subcontractors under this program and will provide training to school cooks, community leaders and others on the proper preparation of the TSP.
- WISHH sent baking consultant Sergio Serna Saldivar, PhD, to Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to provide one-on-one technical assistance to 17 companies interested in incorporating U.S. soy products into their product lines. WISHH’s support of Saldivar’s consultations with Central American food companies resulted in the development of two new products-soy-fortified pita bread and soy enriched multigrain bread-for the market.
- In September, WISHH had Dr. Serna return to Guatemala to meet with local bakeries and a large food processing company in response to their interest in fortifying their products with U.S. soy. The visit included consultations on products such as: banana bread, quesadilla, cookies, extruded snacks, cereal and granola. WISHH also continues to support efforts in Guatemala to fortify dry tortilla flour with U.S. soybean flour.