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Illinois Soybean Association to Participate in Global Child Nutrition Forum in South Africa
Date:5/4/2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is proud to attend the 11th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) in Cape Town, South Africa on May 5th and 6th. Only a select group of people from around the world will be participating in the invitation-only event. Two members of the ISA Board of Directors - CW Gaffner and Pat Dumoulin - will represent Illinois farmers and the soybean checkoff.

An Exciting Opportunity

According to Lyle Roberts, ISA's Chief Executive Officer, the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) has worked in Africa for almost a decade, helping to spearhead many projects to create a sustainable nutrition solution for school lunch programs and at-risk populations (those suffering from HIV/AIDS and other devastating diseases). WISHH, a program of the American Soybean Association, brings the benefits of U.S. soy protein to developing countries to improve overall nutrition. The ISA was a major player in the creation of WISHH. Roberts himself had a key role in its formation and is currently an ex-officio member of the WISHH Committee, while Pat Dumoulin serves as treasurer.

"The Global Child Nutrition Forum will highlight two key programs that can make a difference in world hunger/nutrition: school lunch feeding programs and a mining worker project in Africa," Roberts said. "We have used soy-enriched products for schools and at-risk communities and have witnessed higher productivity and improved nutrition as a result. This forum will give us an opportunity to share what we've done and to train others who desire similar outcomes in the countries in which they work." He added that
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