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NEI HISTORY

2015

 

  • 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.

 

2014

 

  • NEI established two soy processing facilities in Takhar & Kapisa
  • Republic of Korea awarded NEI a significant grant to continue its effective efforts in Afghanistan

 

2013

 

  • 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

 

2012

 

  • 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.

 

2011

 

  • 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

 

2010

 

  • 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.

 

2009

 

  • 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

 

2008

 

  • Established a containerized soy flour factory to demonstrate soy processing
  • Established three more soy milk processing facilities (#3,#4, and #5)

 

2007

 

  • Expanded soybean production to over 3,000 farmers in 15 provinces

 

2006

 

  • 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

 

2005

 

  • Afghan government adopts NEI’s soy program as a national project due to successful testing in 12 provinces with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture

 

2004

 

  • Successful cultivation testing of 6 non-GMO soybean varieties in Balkh Province

 

2003

 

  • Dr. Kwon’s first visit to Afghanistan
  • Established Nutrition & Education International (NEI) as an NGO non-profit 501(c)(3)
  • Developed soy nutrition initiative.