In 1995, Natural Products International, Inc. (NPI, Inc.) began operations in Laos. The first step was to set up a feed mill and teach over 1,000 farming families to grow soybeans. For many of those families, soybeans represented their first cash crop, in some cases nearly doubling their annual income.

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In 2010, as part of a USDA Food for Progress grant, SALT International built and commissioned a soybean processing facility in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. It is currently producing soy flour and meal in partnership with the American Soybean Association and a local Afghan business. Besides being used to establish a market for soy, donated product will also be used in food nutrition programs in the region.

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Northern Iraq

Since 2006, SALT International has been working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish businesses to help bring local soybean production to Northern Iraq. SALT has completed two years of research trials in the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq, and proved that soybean production is feasible and potentially profitable.

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Our Mission

The mission of SALT International is to be a catalyst for economic and social development by establishing and supporting sustainable agri-businesses in lesser developed nations.

Latest Projects

Ethiopia Survey Trip
SALT has successfully conducted a protein survey trip of Ethiopia, as the first part of potentially establishing a protein-processing facility in the region.

Latest News

  • October 2013
    SALT's team has landed in Ethiopia to begin the 10-day survey trip. More to come. . .  
  • July 2013
    SALT is making the necessary arrangements for a survey trip of Ethiopia in October 2013.
  • April 2013
    SALT has been asked to consider survey trips of Ethiopia, the Republic of Georgia and Bangladesh.

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"I can assure you that the Kurdish Government is very interested in soybean production and recognizes the potential that this industry offers to Kurdistan and indeed Iraq."

Dr. Talib Murad
Advisor for Food Security and Agriculture to the Prime Minister of Northern Iraq