Oct 17, 2013
The St. Louis Post Dispatch published an online opinion editorial submitted by ASA’s WISHH Program Chairman David Iverson, a South Dakota soybean grower, and Charles Nsubuga, one of WISHH’s African supply chain partners. Published on Oct. 16, the editorial summarized their common viewpoint, “Today is World Food Day. We believe it is a reminder that global food security requires commitment as well as commercial connections. Our businesses are located nearly 8,000 miles apart. Yet, both our organizations laid the intercontinental tracks that have now intersected. We are links in a supply and value chain that makes available affordable, nutritious and delicious foods in Africa.”
Nsubuga started the Serve to Save Company (SESACO) based in Kampala, Uganda, in 1987 as a bakery with two employees. As a result of work with WISHH, SESACO buys soy protein products from CHS and DuPont Nutrition & Health, Protein Solutions to make affordable, available and nutritious baked African foods and meat products. Today, SESACO employs 80 people and distributes soy protein foods in Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Sudan. “Trade is always going to be important to fill the demand for healthy foods,” said Nsubuga and Iverson. “WISHH and SESACO’s cooperation shows that commercially driven supply chains lead to local solutions offering better nutrition for better lives.”
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