ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program showcased how WISHH works with international strategic partners and highlighted the role U.S. soy plays in global food security. Supported by the United Soybean Board, WISHH’s Take Action for Global Food Security dialogue centered on the theme of “We Build Markets Together.” WISHH held the program at the U.S. Naval Academy on Dec. 13-14. Attendees joined representatives from the United Nations Rome-based and United States food and agriculture organizations as well as academic leaders, and importantly, the private sector.
WISHH chair Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare moderated the panel with WISHH’s international partners from the Dominican Republic, Pakistan and Ghana. It featured CTC Group Technical Sales Director Elsy Alvarez, Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor Lahore College for Women University Shafaq Fatima, Ph.D., Yedent CEO Samuel Kwame Ntim-Adu, and Rockland Poultry Farms CEO Edith Wheatland.
All joined the panel to discuss their years of work with WISHH and why U.S. soy plays an important role in product development and its intersection with global food security.
“ASA/WISHH has done so much to boost aquaculture, particularly for women, in Pakistan, and that also means a pipeline for U.S. soy,” said Fatima.
WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project worked with the university sector to improve the capacity, productivity, and quality of Pakistani aquaculture with a focus on high-quality fish feed produced with U.S. soy. Dr. Fatima also counts the training she received under the program as key to developing her academic skills.
“I learned so many skills from the numerous trainings,” she added.
Alvarez also added that WISHH has exposed her company to numerous ways soy can help create new products for her company. CTC Group projects it will feed over 20 million people across Latin America.