- NEI is in its 11th year in Afghanistan
- April 30, 2015, Dr. Kwon was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the new Soy-World Science Museum in Yongju, Republic of Korea, where he was honored with an entire room solely dedicated to NEI.
- Dr. Kwon had the honor of visiting with the President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, as well as the CEO of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, for formal meetings.
- NEI responded with humanitarian aid for avalanche victims that killed 200 and provided food and emergency supplies to many who were left without food or shelter.
- NEI established two soy processing facilities in Takhar & Kapisa
- Republic of Korea awarded NEI a significant grant to continue its effective efforts in Afghanistan
- NEI committed 10 more years to the eradication of malnutrition in Afghanistan through establishing a self-sustainable soybean industry
- Over 10,000 Afghan farmers were trained in soybean cultivation in 21 provinces
- Added a new Soy Farmers Association (SFA) in each of two more provinces
- Dr. Kwon received Korea’s Medal of Honor from Her Excellency President Geun-hye Park
- Trained over 6,000 farmers in soybean cultivation throughout the country
- Partnered with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to help cultivate soybeans in 100 districts spread across 20 provinces
- Created 4 new SFAs in 4 provinces as part of the WFP project
- More than 50% of Afghan farmers trained by NEI exceed international production yields
- Collaborated with 40 Kabul bakeries to introduce soy naan to approximately 20,000 clients
- Produced 2,000 MT of soybeans with the help of both newly and recently trained farmers
- Trained over 1,500 women in 3 provinces, teaching them how to cook and consume soy products with help from soy flour donations from the American Soybean Association.
- Promoted the soybean through radio broadcast that marked the start of our media-focused public awareness campaign
- Production of 2,500 tons of soybeans by over 8,200 farmers in 28 provinces
- Distributed soy milk and cookies to local school and refugee camp with funding assistance from the Stewardship Foundation
- Built three more soy flour factories, the 2nd in Parwan, 3rd in Nangarhar and 4th in Kunduz, each with a 300 MT capacity
- Approved and received 2nd Japanese government grant for soybean production project
- Purchased and distributed 100 MT of soybean seeds to farmers in 21 provinces
- Held a Soy Nutrition Campaign for pregnant women at high maternal mortality villages of 5 provinces (Kunduz, Baghlan, Kapisa, Parwan, and Nangarhar)
- Distributed 3,000 servings of soy milk and cookies to local schools 6 times a week, and a refugee camp 2 times a week
- Built first soy flour factory in Kabul with a 300 metric ton (MT) capacity
- Local Afghan women created the Top Ten Soybean Recipes
- Launched Soybean Nutrition Services Afghanistan (SNSA) as a business arm to create a soy market in Afghanistan
- Received funding from Japanese government grant
- Afghan farmers produce enough soybeans to sustain their own families. Production needs to increase to provide seed resources, train more farmers and serve market development goals.
- NEI trained over 2,000 farmers in 26 provinces to produce 1,000 tons of soybeans
- Soybean production expanded to include home gardens and high school gardens to serve the housewife and school communities
- NEI’s humanitarian program provided pasteurized soy milk daily to 5,000 women and children in high mortality areas
- Conducted a winter soy nutrition campaign that provided 100 tons of soybeans and soy flour to 2,500 families with pregnant women living in at-risk malnutrition areas of five eastern provinces
- Established a containerized soy flour factory to demonstrate soy processing
- Established three more soy milk processing facilities (#3,#4, and #5)
- Expanded soybean production to over 3,000 farmers in 15 provinces
- First time in Afghanistan’s history: 1,000 tons of soybeans were produced by over 2,000 Afghan farmers in 9 provinces
- Established two soymilk processing facilities (#1 and #2) and commenced a humanitarian soymilk-distribution program, serving approximately 3,000 women and children in high mortality areas daily
- Afghan government adopts NEI’s soy program as a national project due to successful testing in 12 provinces with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture
- Successful cultivation testing of 6 non-GMO soybean varieties in Balkh Province
- Dr. Kwon’s first visit to Afghanistan
- Established Nutrition & Education International (NEI) as an NGO non-profit 501(c)(3)
- Developed soy nutrition initiative.