ASA/WISHH Strengthens Ties with Myanmar Soy Importers

May 25, 2022

ASA/WISHH sponsored tofu and soymilk industry leaders from Myanmar to attend Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA) educational courses in May. The courses also primed some attendees for their upcoming WISHH-led trade team to the U.S. in June.

ASA/WISHH sponsored industry leaders from Myanmar (sometimes called Burma) to attend Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA) educational courses in May.

More than 30 soymilk and tofu company representatives, importers, food science faculty from Yangon University and USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) staff attended an ASA/WISHH organized watch party in a Yangon hotel.

WISHH used USDA Market Access Program (MAP) funds to build on its relationship with SSGA, as well as strengthen ties with soy importers in the Southeast Asian country. The courses offered a successful introduction to and answered questions about U.S.-based identity preserved crops for potential buyers.

WISHH is the first organization to sponsor a group to participate in the SSGA University courses. The online modules were originally designed for individual use, but multiple companies and industry partners received value from the courses as they gear up to come to the United States. SSGA staff were available to answer questions live and supplement the content.

Several course attendees will also join a WISHH-sponsored trade team trip next month for Northern Crops Institutes’ Food Grade Soybean Procurement Course. These events and trips continue during a busy summer for WISHH as it bolsters its ties with businesses leaders in emerging markets.