WISHHUSDA Training Alumni Promotes Nutritious Foods Made with Soy in Nicaragua
WISHH provides school feeding and nutrition training to Project Concern International (PCI) through a USDA grant. Participants in WISHH’s training have held food fairs to promote the consumption of corn-soy blend (CSB) and the preparation of nutritious foods in urban schools in Nicaragua. Photo credit: PCIParticipants in the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health’s (WISHH) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded school nutrition study team returned to Nicaragua and helped organize food fairs to promote the consumption of corn-soy blend (CSB) and the preparation of nutritious foods in urban schools in Bluefields, Nicaragua.In September, USDA’s Cochran Fellowship Program, under the Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), provided a grant to the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) WISHH program to organize a week-long training and networking program for people working on school nutrition programs in Nicaragua and South Africa. Both countries use soy protein, and the Nicaraguan programs get thousands of tons of U.S.CSB, a traditional food aid commodity.WISHH recently received an update from one of the participants, Elias Rivas of Project Concern International, who reports his organization has held food fairs featuring the nutritional benefits of the corn-soy blend that they receive through USDA’s McGovern Dole School Nutrition program. WISHH has created an online social media group for participants, like Rivas, to share their ideas and activities that stem from the WISHH-USDA training.