Afghanistan’s First Soy Milk Factory To Be Built With Korean Contribution
KABUL – The Government of the Republic of Korea has announced a contribution of US$12 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to build the country’s first soy milk factory. The donation was formalised in a signing ceremony in Kabul attended by high-level representatives from the Government of Korea and senior WFP staff.
WFP will work with the non-government organization Nutrition Education International (NEI) to build the factory in Parwan province, north of Kabul, which will produce protein-rich, sterilized soy milk from soybeans. WFP and NEI will also collaborate over the next three years to increase local soybean production.
“On behalf of WFP, I would like to thank the Government of the Republic of Korea. This donation will allow WFP and partners to help farmers improve agricultural productivity, while at the same time working to reduce malnutrition in Afghanistan,” said Angelline Rudakubana, WFP’s Deputy Country Director.
The residual soybean pulp from the milk-making process will be turned into chicken feed. This feed will be provided to vulnerable local women to encourage them to raise poultry to generate income. The factory will begin operating in 12 months.
“Korea, like Afghanistan, has experienced the hardship of war and Korea wants to share its experience in achieving rapid economic and social development,” Cha Youngcheol, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Afghanistan said. “The Korean Government hopes the soy milk factory and chicken feed project contribute to Afghanistan’s reconstruction by supporting farmers and women to become more productive and by improving the nutrition of the Afghan people.”
Recently, the Republic of Korea has become a strong supporter of WFP activities in Afghanistan. They generously supported WFP and NEI’s activities to enhance agricultural productivity including soybean promotion among local farmers with a donation of US$13 million in 2013. Also in 2013, US$9 million was provided to support WFP’s asset-creation projects with the aim of boosting food security in Afghanistan.
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