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For over two years, the World Soy Foundation has been working with SunOpta, a Canadian based corporation, to bring soy nutrition to kids in need around the world. The most recent joint venture was a project in Selepe, South Africa—an area where 60 percent of households earn less than $9 per month.

Where does your acre go? As harvest approaches, farmers everywhere are planning where their crops will end up. Soybeans, in particular, are of interest to the World Soy Foundation (WSF) as those beans have the power to make a world of difference to hungry children around the world. Using the power of soy, the Foundation is bringing sustainable solutions to the greatest issue facing the world today, hunger—which takes more lives each year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined (www.wfp.org/hunger).

This past week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and World Food Programme (WFP) launched the 2014 edition of the “State of Food Insecurity in the World” (SOFI) report. The good news: the number of people in the world that are chronically malnourished has fallen by over 100 million people in the last 10 years, with 63 countries reaching the hunger target set by the first U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG). Those numbers are something to celebrate.

Did you know on Monday, Sept. 8, the world celebrated International Literacy Day? The day’s objective is to encourage the importance of literacy to communities around the world, and remind individuals of its status—60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out (UNESCO UIS.Stat). Of the children that can attend school, 66 million primary-age kids attend hungry every day.