NEI set out to help a country that was unable to resolve the most basic human needs.
A long war with Russia, a chaotic civil war, and the war with the United States have overwhelmed the people of Afghanistan with decades of unrest and unimaginable loss. Although several developed countries have brought their expertise, money, and material support, Afghanistan remains largely devastated.
NEI stepped forward to help women and children suffering from malnutrition.
Recognizing that malnutrition is linked with protein deficiency, NEI identified soybeans as the quickest and affordable solution to the most basic health concern for Afghanistan women and children. In 2003, soybean cultivation took place in a land that had never heard of the golden protein-filled plant. The government and the people of Afghanistan fully support the progress and hope brought by NEI.
We have been working in Afghanistan to build a soy industry since 2003. A functioning soy economy is a practical remedy to the chronic malnutrition that cuts short the lives of women and children in the country, especially in outlying rural areas. Our journey has been tremendous since we first introduced the soybean in 2003. The people of Afghanistan are incredibly receptive to this crop. NEI currently plants soybeans in 22 provinces. Together with these Afghan farmers, we have proved three facts:
Achievements were made possible because of our supporters from all around the world. Our success is a direct result of the collective effort of the farmers, the international donors, and the government officials. Together we have shown that we can eradicate malnutrition. But, we are still far from our final goal. Further expansion of our soy program is necessary in order to make a difference in the lives of many underprivileged Afghans. Your continued support and partnership is deeply appreciated. Together we can make a difference.
Steven Kwon, Ph,D