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Potential for Southern Africa Soy Value Chain to Be Focus of Soy Innovation Africa Conference (8.26.2010)


Potential for Southern Africa Soy Value Chain to Be Focus of Soy Innovation Africa Conference

Soyatech LLC -- CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -- August 26, 2010 -- Soy Innovation Africa, a conference organized to promote the soybean value chain throughout southern Africa begins today in Cape Town, South Africa. Soyatech, LLC, the worldwide resource for the soyfoods and soybean value chain industries, is presenting Soy Innovation Africa in collaboration with the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, World Soy Foundation, Soy Southern Africa and the University of Illinois’ National Soybean Research Laboratory.

Designed to provide entrepreneurs and industry leaders in emerging economies with the tools to produce, process and utilize soybeans efficiently, the Soy Innovation Africa program will also offer broad understanding of the world soybean market, new technologies and strategic insights from international leaders in crop production, soyfoods, biofuels and animal feed.

“We are pleased to present a diverse slate of speakers from Europe, North and South America, Asia and throughout Africa chosen for their deep experience in the cultivation and utilization of soybeans,” says Soyatech Content Director Joe Jordan, “Collectively, they have applied their expertise to solve technical and business issues in emerging markets situations in India, Southeast Asia, Central America and many African countries.”

Leading participants from around the world will include:
  • Russell du Preez, Chief Investment Officer, EmVest Asset Management;
  • Peter Golbitz, Director of International Business Development, SunOpta Grains and Foods Group;
  • Jim Hershey, Executive Director, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health;
  • Kent Holt, Senior Manager, Industry Affairs, Solae LLC;
  • Abbie Mchunu (widely known in southern Africa as "Mama Soy"), Former Member of Parliament, Republic of South Africa;
  • A.P. Onwualu, Director General, Nigeria Ministry of Agriculture Raw Materials Research and Development Council;
  • Ratan Sharma, Technical Director, ASA-International Marketing, India;
  • Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Director - Institute of Sustainable Livelihoods, Vaal University of Technology;
  • Karl Weingartner, Director, International Soybean Program, National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Plenary topics to be addressed at the conference include:
  • global supply and demand forecast for soybeans, oilseeds and grain;
  • the potential for wider cultivation of soybeans in Africa;
  • soybean’s role in ensuring global food security; and
  • opportunities for soybeans in small enterprise.

Breakout sessions will explore further such issues as production, transport and processing of soybeans; the production and applications for soybean ingredients; and the creation and utilization of soybean-based foods, animal feed and biofuels.

Soy Innovation Africa is co-located with the 15th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (August 22-26, 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre). More information about the conference can be found on the Soyatech Events website, http://events.soyatech.com/conferences/SIA2010.htm.

About Soyatech, LLC
Soyatech (www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing and event company. Through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely used internet platform, Soyatech helps companies and investors active in food, oilseed, agribusiness, and agri-transportation to assess and develop market opportunities in the soybean and oilseed sector. Founded in 1985, Soyatech publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading information resource covering oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are used by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners LLC.

About World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH)
WISHH is headquartered at the American Soybean Association in St. Louis, Missouri. Since Illinois and other soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, WISHH has worked in 23 countries to improve diets as well as encourage growth of food industries. For more information about WISHH, please visit www.wishh.org.

About World Soy Foundation
The World Soy Foundation, is a 501c3 charitable organization that brings nutrition to life. The World Soy Foundation works with private voluntary and non-governmental organizations to deliver soy protein and nutrition education to people who need it around the world. Projects sponsored by the World Soy Foundation include complementary foods for children 6-36 months, school feeding programs and nutrition assessment and research services. Soyatech is a board member of the World Soy Foundation, which is headquartered at the American Soybean Association. For more information, go to www.worldsoyfoundation.org.

About Soy Southern Africa (SSA)
Soy Southern Africa (www.ssa.org.za) was established in 1999 to foster the growth of the soy industry in the countries of southern Africa. SSA represents 32 companies and institutions involved in the sector from South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. SSA focuses on training, product development and technical consultancy services for soybean production and utilization, specifically aimed at small-, medium- and micro-enterprises. SSA also acts as a soy industry liaison to government and media representatives.

About National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL)
The National Soybean Research Laboratory located at the University of Illinois is a leader in developing innovative processing and marketing techniques involving soy. NSRL participates in research, outreach and education efforts that benefit producers, stakeholders and the soybean industry. NSRL is supported through a number of funding resources including generous support from the Illinois soybean checkoff. NSRL strives to educate society on the advantages of a soy-enriched diet along with promoting the health benefits of eating soy. NSRL research efforts include production and nutrition, in addition to ascertaining ways to overcome malnutrition through the use of soy in international development programs. More information is available at www.nsrl.illinois.edu.

For More Information Contact:
Joe Jordan
(207) 244-9544 x115


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