Why Soy?


Because of soybean supplementation, children suffering from acute malnutrition began gaining weight in their cheeks.


Malnutrition is a key factor that contributes to high infant and maternal mortality rates in Afghanistan. Malnutrition is synonymous with protein deficiency. Soybeans are a rich source of protein containing nine essential amino acids. Soybeans are ideal for human nutrition and are cost effective as a farming product.


Since NEI first introduced soybeans to Afghanistan, we have made three key observations suggesting that malnutrition can be eradicated:


  1. Soybeans grow well in Afghanistan. Afghan climate and soil are ideal for soybeans to grow and flourish.
  2. Afghans enjoy the taste of soy. Soy and soy products can be integrated into their daily diet.
  3. Afghans who consume soy become healthier. Soy foods can be an essential component to the health of the Afghan people.


31 Afghan provinces are now growing soybeans. Afghan women are making soy naan by substituting 10% soy flour to the traditional naan recipe. Soy naan doubles the protein absorption rate.