Soyabean production in Afghanistan doubled in 2015 compared to 2014, thanks to a partnership between farmers and the Nutrition and Education International (NEI) charitable foundation, the NEI said in a statement.

Farmers produced 4,000 tonnes of soyabeans in 2015 against 2,000 tonnes in 2014, the Pajhwok news service reported on 24 January.

NEI said it supported Afghan farmers by providing high quality seeds, fertilisers, post-harvest equipment, and by buying soyabeans for processing in seven provinces – Parwan, Kapisa, Takhar, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Herat and Kabul. Its factories produced soya flour, soya cookies, soya nuts, soya milk for humanitarian aid, tofu and other products.

One NEI factory in Kapisa processes 600 tonnes/year of soyabeans and produced 60 tonnes of crude soya oil.

Afghan market demand for NEI soya flour was 300 tonnes/year for soya naan, soya cookies and other products, NEI said in the Pajhwok report.

NEI said its mission is to establish a self-sustainable soyabean industry in Afghanistan.