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.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers the World Food Day joint opinion editorial
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers the World Food Day joint opinion editorial by WISHH Chairman David Iverson and Ugandan food industry pioneer Charles Nsubuga. Read Why Soybeans Are the Subject of SMS Texts in Africa.
Fortification of Staple Foods with Soy Seminar Meets Needs in El Salvador
Expert speakers on how and why to fortify staple foods with soy attracted more than 45 representatives of the Salvadoran government, food companies, non-profit organizations and academia. Thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and soybean checkoff funding, WISHH organized the Sept. 27 seminar in San Salvador to educate about the nutritional and processing benefits soy can bring to the breads, snacks and other foods that are already popular in Central America.
WISHH’s experience in Central America as well as preliminary market research identified that Salvadoran food processors are interested in using soy and making commercial contacts with distributers. These companies and WISHH see great potential for production of local foods that offer greater nutrition in the country where 21 percent of children are stunted according to research for the Pan American Health Organization.
WISHH Active in USDA Africa Trade Initiative Meetings
ASA First Vice President Ray Gaesser along with WISHH team members Jim Hershey and Erica Morrow joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) trade meetings in South Africa in September.
USDA FAS officials and numerous U.S. companies participated in the initiative designed to establish relationships between U.S. and African businesses and support agribusiness growth throughout the region. It supported the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” plan outlined by President Obama in June 2012. Learn more details.
African Bakers Benefit from Training and Tours Visit Minnesota and North Dakota
WISHH sponsored a reverse-trade mission consisting of individuals from Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda to the U.S in August. Participants included professionals involved in commercial baking, marketing and food technology. WISHH designed the visit to enhance understanding of U.S. soy proteins and the scale of U.S. agricultural and processing operations. Minnesota soybean farmers and the USDA’s Global Based Initiative (GBI) and Market Access Program (MAP) funded the mission.
While in Minnesota, the group visited farms as well as CHS, a producer of high-protein soy products that are widely used in Africa. Participants also benefited from a week long bakery training at the Northern Crops Institute at North Dakota State University.
WISHH Oilseed Conference Helps Build Afghan Soybean Value Chain
Afghan interest in building the soybean value chain is demonstrated by more than 100 participants from across Afghanistan attending the Oil Crop Growers Association of Afghanistan (OCGAA) Oilseed conference in August.
WISHH supported the local association’s conference, a component of the USDA-funded Food for Progress Soybeans in Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI). The conference built awareness and membership in the trade association that includes soybean and other oilseed businesses. Government and industry leaders presented a wide array of information about production, trade and consumption of vegetable oil and other oilseed products.
Pakistan’s First Floating Fish Feed Extruder Makes for Faster-Growing Fish
WISHH private-sector partner, Oryza Organics, is now manufacturing Pakistan’s first high-protein, floating fish feed thanks to a new extruder. WISHH and Oryza purchased and installed the Kansas-made equipment through the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan Project.
WISHH purchased and shipped 25 metric tons of U.S. soybean meal to make floating fish feed pellets in Pakistan. Soy protein is a globally preferred protein resource for poultry, livestock, and aquaculture due to soybean meal’s economic value and highly digestible amino acid profile.
ASA Appoints 16 Growers from 11 States WISHH Leadership Team
ASA President Danny Murphy has confirmed 16 soybean growers from 11 states to ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Committee in 2013-14. Keith Roberts of Ohio and Jack Trumbo of Kentucky are the newest additions to the WISHH farmer leadership team.
WISHH Committee Members reelected David Iverson of South Dakota as chair, Andy Welden of Michigan as vice chair, Illinois grower Dan Farney as treasurer, and Kansan Lucas Heinen as secretary.