USDA selected the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program to launch a new program in Cambodia aimed at building an aquaculture industry that will consume more U.S. soy. “The Cambodian feed sector is growing rapidly, and they are increasing their consumption of U.S. soy,” said soybean grower David Lueck of Alma, Mo., who also serves on the WISHH Program Committee.” Cambodia’s aquaculture industry demand for soybean protein is projected to reach 100,000 metric tons per year by 2030, according to ASA. The Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST)-Cambodia initiative builds on previous efforts to connect trade and development. WISHH’s previous FEEDing Pakistan project, also funded by USDA and now led by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), played a groundbreaking role in introducing tilapia and U.S. soybean meal to Pakistan’s aquaculture industry. Now the sixth most populous country in the world, Pakistan continues to be an important U.S. soy customer. In West Africa, WISHH is currently implementing the AMPLIFIES Ghana project that improves Ghana’s poultry-feed production capacity and increases efficiency in poultry value chains. The CAST project will be conducted with several partners, including USSEC, Kansas State University, Auburn University and universities in Cambodia. In addition, Cambodia’s private-sector feed mills and hatcheries and the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are all collaborating with WISHH to implement CAST.
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