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TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Launch New Southern Africa Soy Value Chain Development Program at Soy Innovation Africa in August 2010 (7.8.2010)

TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Launch New Southern Africa Soy Value Chain Development Program at Soy Innovation Africa in August 2010

Soyatech LLC -- SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME -- July 8, 2010 -- Soyatech, LLC is pleased to announce that TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will launch their new Southern Africa Soy Value Chain Development Program at Soy Innovation Africa 2010, which will be held August 26-27, 2010 at the Westin Grand Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Soy Innovation Africa is being organized 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.

Company Profiles:

HighQuest Partners LLC Soyatech Plenary topics to be addressed at the conference include Overall demand for soy in the region Challenges to developing an efficient and sustainable soy value chain in Southern Africa; andThe plan for engaging local partners to improve smallholder competitiveness 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. Other leading participants from around the world will include Kenton Dashiell, Project Leader, N2Africa, International Center for Tropical Agriculture Russell du Preez, Chief Investment Officer, EmVest Asset Managemen 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 Dr. Wilna Oldewage-Theron, RD, Director - Institute of Sustainable Livelihoods, Vaal University of Technology The full list of speakers, moderators and panelists can be found on the conference website,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 will be 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 that conference can be found at www.iufost2010.org.za.

For more information about Soy Innovation Africa or to register, call 800-424-SOYA (or 207-244-9544) or visit: http://events.soyatech.com/conferences/SIA2010.htm. Special registration rates apply for delegates from Africa as well as members of Soy Southern Africa and the South African Association of Food Science and Technology.

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.

About TechnoServe, Inc.

TechnoServe is a leader in a movement that empowers people in the developing world to build businesses that break the cycle of poverty. Growing enterprises generate jobs and other income opportunities for poor people, enabling them to improve their lives and secure a better future for their families. Since its founding in 1968, the U.S.-based nonprofit has helped to create or expand thousands of businesses, benefiting millions of people in more than 30 countries. The Financial Times has rated TechnoServe one of the top five NGOs for corporate partnerships. Apart from Cargill, TechnoServe’s corporate partners include The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Nestlé-Nespresso, Olam International, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Unilever, among others. Charity Navigator has also awarded its highest Four Star ranking to TechnoServe for four consecutive years. More information is available at www.technoserve.org.

For More Information Contact:

Joe Jordan
(207) 244-9544 x115


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