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2015 NSRL INTSOY Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Final Plans!

The final agenda for the NSRL INTSOY being held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus May 31-June 5 has been posted [add the link to the page]. This intensive, five-day course is designed for technical, plant management, marketing, quality control, and research personnel interested in promoting private sector expansion of soybean foods in the international market. Participants will receive training in soybean processing and utilization at the NSRL INTSOY facilities and lectures will be held in the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. There are field trips planned, and many opportunities for networking with research and industry leaders.  It isn’t too late to register for the course and discover your soy possibilities. 

NSRL International Program Coordinator Marilyn Nash was in Ghana to participate in the installation of three soy dairy systems, or SoyCows, that are part of the USAID Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab for Value Chain Research.She will be in Mozambique in June to visit two other soy dairy sites participating in the project. Project partner Malnutrition Matters and WISHH, the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, took the lead on the installations and intensive trainings on the use of the systems. Over the next three years NSRL will collect data from the sites on production and utilization of the soymilk, soy yogurt and tofu production and interview site managers. The purpose is to document the necessary elements of such microenterprises for sustainable and successful outcomes. It is anticipated these small businesses will provide local employment, increase use of locally grown soybeans, and new nutritious products for local marketplaces, including schools.

Charles Lauzon with Malnutrition Matters conducting training at the CSIR-SARI with the staff for the soy dairy site in Tamale Ghana