The world’s population will likely reach 9.2 billion people in 2050, with virtually all new growth occurring in the developing world, according to the United Nations. To feed all those people, global food production must double by 2050.
In many developing countries, large percentages of the population suffer from protein deficiency. Soy protein can play an important role in combating malnutrition while fueling economic progress.
A landmark 2008 Lancet medical journal series concluded more than one-third of child deaths are due to maternal and child undernutrition. Malnutrition is directly associated with a child’s future economic productivity.
The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council helps fund a program called the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH). The organization’s mission is to create solutions and opportunities for U.S. soy protein by improving the health and nutrition of people in developing countries by addressing protein deficiencies.
WISHH recognizes that the health and well-being of populations with protein deficiency in developing countries will improve through increased dietary consumption of high quality soy protein. This includes the development of economic opportunities in those developing countries to incorporate U.S. soy protein into food manufacturing, livestock production, or aquaculture.