Developing a Soy Industry in Afghanistan

With a goal to eradicate the malnutrition crisis in Afghanistan, Nutrition and Education International (NEI), a California-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization, headed by Dr. Steven Kwon, was established in October 2003. The mission was to address a crisis which has taken the lives of countless women and children. The NEI staff assembled to work on the Afghanistan initiative is comprised of industrial, financial, and agricultural specialists as well as professionals in various fields.

The initial work of NEI in Afghanistan proved very successful.  Farmers and housewives have been taught how to grow soybeans.  Facilities have been established to process soy and soy products.  Families are now able to combat malnutrition by consuming soy products.  As a secondary outcome of the project, Afghan farmers have been motivated to raise soybeans rather than poppies, thereby reducing the raw materials for the production of drugs for export or internal use.

Given the initial success achieved by NEI, Dr. Kwon made a decision to expand the soy industry work in Afghanistan, by seeking grants and contracts that would enable Afghans to significantly increase the production of soybeans and soybean products in the country.

In 2007 Dr. Kwon established a partnership with Global Bridge Foundation.  Global Bridge continues to provide support for NEI in three specific ways. 

1)   Retaining a consultant to work with NEI to develop grant proposals;

2)  Providing strategic guidance/consultation to NEI on how to expand its programs in Afghanistan; and

3)  Providing resource networking to NEI, connecting NEI with a range of specialists who provide important input for planning and implementing new strategies. 

For more information on NEI click here.

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