U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) Certificates Can Now Be Transferred

Move by USSEC Supports Customers’ Efforts to Verify Sustainable Soy

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — International customers of U.S. Soy throughout the supply chain are now able to better demonstrate their commitment to sourcing sustainable ingredients. The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) has been expanded to allow the transfer of SSAP certificates up to four times.

U.S. Soybean Export Council; U.S. Soy

U.S. Soy customers have long sought more transparency in the sustainability of their purchases. This change to the SSAP by Soy Export Sustainability, LLC, which is partially funded by the national soybean checkoff, allows customers to keep records of their sustainable U.S. Soy purchases, use these purchases to meet their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals, and report on their progress toward those goals. Importers will be able to receive a certificate in their name from an exporter, the importer will then be able to transfer certificates to their customers. The certificate has the potential to be transferred a total of four times after export.

“Ensuring sustainable sourcing of products is central to our commitment to responsible supply chains. We are glad to see continuous improvement of the SSAP certifications, as well as the transparent and credible methodologies in place for measuring sustainable performance. Transferable certificates are key to our customers and our business to track and verify that the soy products we source are raised in a sustainable manner, leading to greater sustainability of the global food system,” said Dessislava Barzachka, EA Sustainability Execution Manager, Bunge.

The SSAP, which was developed in 2013, is a verified aggregate approach, audited by third parties, that verifies sustainable soybean production on a national scale. The system is designed to maintain mass balance of verified sustainable soy at each transfer and industry processing calculations are also incorporated into the system. The organization issuing and tracking the certificates is Soy Export Sustainability, LLC.

While this change meets the buyers’ needs for demonstrating their commitment to sourcing sustainable soy in the short-term, in the long-term the change could also help generate demand for their products because of consumer preferences for sustainable products.

Under the SSAP guidelines, U.S. soybean farmers continuously improve their sustainability performance, ensuring an even more sustainable product in the future. U.S. Soy is already recognized as having the lowest carbon footprint versus soy of other origins. In addition, the SSAP includes farm audits conducted by an independent third party – the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SSAP recently earned Silver Level Equivalence when benchmarked with the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform)’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) 3.0. It is also positively benchmarked with the soy sourcing guidelines of the European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC) through the independent International Trade Centre (ITC) and is recognized by the Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines and the Global Seafood Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices.

“U.S. soybean farmers have a strong commitment to sustainability, so we are always exploring how we can support their efforts to verify the sustainability of their products. The SSAP does that, but now with transferable certificates, it allows for that verification to be passed along to their other customers,” said Abby Rinne, Director of Sustainability, U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). USSEC is a founding member of Soy Export Sustainability, LLC focused on differentiating, elevating preference, and attaining market access for U.S. Soy.

About U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) focuses on differentiating, elevating preference, and attaining market access for the use of U.S. Soy for human consumption, aquaculture, and livestock feed in 80+ countries internationally. USSEC members represent the soy supply chain including U.S. Soy farmers, processors, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses, and agricultural organizations. USSEC is funded by the U.S. soybean checkoff, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) matching funds, and industry. Visit www.ussec.orgfor the latest information on U.S. Soy solutions and news about USSEC and U.S. Soy internationally.

This news release was partially funded by U.S. Soy farmers, their checkoff and the soy value chain.

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East African Community seeks AU support for anti-terrorism fight in region

NEW YORK— The East African Community (EAC) has called for support from the African Union (AU) in combating terrorism.

Assistance is also needed by the regional body in conflict resolution as part of efforts to strengthen peace and security in the bloc.

The call was made by the EAC secretary general Dr Peter Mathuki at the AU Peace and Security Council meeting with Regional Economic Communities (Recs) in New York on the sidelines of the just-concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly.

“We call on the AU to support Recs such as the EAC in combating the financing of terrorism and anti-money laundering”, he pointed out.

He said money laundering, in particular, undermines governance through corruption, tax evasion, and promotion of parallel markets.

He further called for support to counter cross-border crimes in addition to enhancing coordination with other specialized regional organizations in combating terror financing and trafficking of persons and narcotics.

Mathuki urged the UN Security Council to invest in conflict prevention, management, and resolution to avoid giving room to negative forces that take advantage of strife.

He appealed to the AU to secure the continent’s maritime space to tame illegal entry and exit, according to a dispatch sent to the media.

“Through the joint implementation of the East and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) Regional Maritime Security Strategy, the incidents of insecurity in the Indian Ocean have substantially reduced,” he said.

In addition, Mathuki called on the Council to take up border management terming porous borders as the weakest links in the fight against terrorism.

He suggested information sharing by mandated agencies, application of technology, and engagement of transboundary communities in formal border management strategies are some of the measures EAC is implementing in the endeavour.

Analysts say terrorism continues to be a potent threat to security in the EAC region with a number of terror organizations having footprints within the region.

They include Al Shabaab based in the conflict-torn Somalia but which has wreaked havoc in countries around it; Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

Others are FDLR, ADF, LRA, and lately, Ansar al-Sunna reported to be active in eastern DR Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, and Mozambique.

The AU Peace and Security Council is the standing decision-making organ of the AU for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts.

It is collective security and early warning arrangement intended to facilitate timely and efficient responses to conflict and crisis situations in Africa.


Africa Gender Statistics conference opens in Nairobi

NAIROBI— More than 150 public and civil society actors from 40 African countries convened in Nairobi, Kenya for the joint Africa Gender Statistics Conference taking place from Sept 26-30.

Held under the theme ‘Gender Statistics Imperatives for Africa’, the Conference will interrogate gender statistics through the lens of agenda 2063—the African Union’s blueprint for transforming Africa into a global powerhouse, the Sustainable Development Goals that support gender equality and women’s empowerment, and global guidance on violence against women data, among others.

Delegates comprising policy analysts and gender statistics experts from line ministries, national statistical offices, and civil society will exchange knowledge on the latest innovations and best practices in gender statistics to inform action plans in AU member states and the region as a whole.

Gender statistics are instrumental in measuring progress towards achieving regional and global gender development goals. However, the production of gender statistics is relatively new, and information is not fully consolidated and always readily available, even at the global level.

“Gender equality has increasingly been recognized as being essential to the process of sustainable development and the formulation of effective national development policies and programmes,” said Themba Munalula, Chief Statistician, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

“Given the pivotal role of gender equality in socioeconomic and cultural development, ensuring that African countries produce high-quality, timely, and reliable gender data has far-reaching benefits,” said Roza Mamuye Bora, Principal Statistician at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

The production of gender statistics in the region has been slow due to a combination of factors including a reluctance to change how statistics have traditionally been compiled and presented, a lack of knowledge on how change can be effected, and a constrained policy and financial environment.

“Gender data and statistics are not just important for their own sake. The end goal is really to improve the lives of women and girls as envisioned by the SDGs and other regional and international plans,” said Dr. Maxime Houinato, UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Director.

“While nearly all countries in the region have endorsed the SDGs and incorporated them into national strategies and plans, lack of funding is often cited as the most critical impediment in the region”, said Houinato.

“This has hindered the progress of national statistical offices in designing the systems and operations needed to generate gender data for evidence-based policymaking and advocacy,” said Fatouma Sissoko, Gender Statistician at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Despite these challenges, regional initiatives such as the Africa Programme on Gender Statistics (APGS), have contributed significantly to improvements in gender statistics at both the regional and national levels.

An umbrella regional programme implemented by regional organizations, regional economic communities, civil society organizations, and international agencies, the APGS is currently in its third phase (APGS III).

The Programme has made strides in improving the availability of accurate and standardized gender statistics by developing methodologies and approaches for the production of gender statistics in Africa.

However, much remains to be done in terms of improving coordination and reinforcing partnerships to strengthen knowledge, skills, and communication related to the production, dissemination, and use of gender statistics in the region.

This is one of the main focus areas of APGS III, which is also being launched during the Joint Africa Gender Statistics Conference.


Biden Keeps US Target for Refugee Admissions at 125,000

President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally kept the nation’s cap on refugee admissions at 125,000 for the 2023 budget year, despite pressure from refugee advocates to raise it even higher to meet the need after falling far short of that target this year.

Advocates for refugees had been pushing the Biden administration to do more to restore the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. It had suffered deep cuts under the Trump administration and had admitted fewer than 20,000 refugees so far this year, or only about 20% of the 125,000 target for 2022, according to the latest count in August.

The budget year ends Friday.

A White House memorandum issued Tuesday provided a geographical breakdown of admissions, allocating 40,000 for Africa, 35,000 for Near East/South Asia, 15,000 for East Asia, 15,000 for Europe and Central Asia, and 15,000 for Latin America. Five thousand are listed as unallocated and held in reserve.

Source: Voice of America

Phoenix Software Delivers a Faster JES3plus® with V1R2

Phoenix Software releases updates to its product line in September 2022

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Phoenix Software International, Inc., today announced its intention to make JES3plus V1R2, a derivative work based on IBM’s z/OS® JES3, generally available effective September 30, 2022. This release provides new functionality and integrates continuous delivery items made available over the past twelve months. Thanks to Phoenix’s JES3plus Customer Advisory Council, organizations that migrate to JES3plus can reap the benefits of new features that were ranked in terms of providing true business value to their fellow customers.

JES3plus V1R2

Functional Highlights:

  • Parallel SPOOL I/O – Takes full advantage of the Parallel Access Volumes technology supported by modern mainframe DASD through support for up to eight STARTIO channel programs running concurrently for a single SPOOL extent. This is a major improvement over the traditional JES3 approach of allowing only one STARTIO at a time per SPOOL extent.
  • Reduced Local Lock Contention – Now intrinsic to the way JES3plus operates, multiple I/O completion SRBs execute simultaneously by acquiring the local lock only if and when needed. In addition, if the completing I/O contains requests from only a single address space, the SRB is scheduled directly to that address space rather than to the JES3plus address space.
  • Improved WLM Batch Initiator Balancing – Enabling this facility results in JES3plus placing batch jobs into idle initiators across the JESplex using a target percentage derived from WLM’s initiator allocation counts. Until now this behavior occurred on JES2 systems only.

“Switching to JES3plus is the obvious choice for existing IBM JES3 customers,” said Ed Jaffe, Chief Technology Officer at Phoenix Software International, “and we have reinforced that point by improving performance with empirical results so dramatic they speak for themselves. SPOOL I/O-intensive benchmarks conducted on our z15 showed JES3plus running nearly twice as many jobs as IBM JES3 while simultaneously reducing FICON channel utilization by 92%! Similarly-favorable results were observed when comparing against JES2. And, because our roadmap for enhancements is 100% customer driven, we believe a migration to JES3plus is not only the easiest and least risky choice, it’s the one that just makes sense.”

(E)JES® V6R2

(E)JES V6R2, the latest release of Phoenix Software’s modern z/OS JESplex management tool, includes enhancements for viewing and managing Coupling Facility connections and structures, WLM scheduling environments, job class/groups, sysplex members, and z/OS UNIX mounts. Additionally, support has been added for a filter repository that provides end user ability to save filters and reload them.

Phoenix Software Product Releases: September 2022

Phoenix Software is refreshing its product line this month. Product downloads will be available to customers via the Phoenix Software International Support portal. Visit https://phoenixsoftware.com/support.htm#downloads. New product releases include:

  • (E)JES V6R2
  • CONDOR® z/OS 26.2 z/VSE 32.1
  • CYGNET® z/OS 26.2 z/VSE 32.1
  • Entrypoint® 16.3
  • FALCON® z/OS 26.2 z/VSE 32.1
  • Falcon64® 11.2
  • JES3plus V1R2
  • Key/101® 9.2
  • PHX-Adders®/PHX-Guest® 7.4
  • PHX-BDT® V1R2
  • PHX-KeyPlus® 5.4
  • PHX-ODE® 7.4

About Phoenix Software International

Phoenix Software International, Inc., (https://www.phoenixsoftware.com) is a systems software development company providing advanced software applications to enterprises around the globe. The company offers a wide range of solutions to modern business challenges.

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Phoenix Software lança um JES3plus® mais rápido com V1R2

Phoenix Software atualiza sua linha de produtos em setembro de 2022

EL SEGUNDO, Califórnia, Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Phoenix Software International, Inc., divulgou hoje a sua intenção de lançar o JES3plus V1R2, trabalho derivado do z/OS® JES3 da IBM, em 30 de setembro de 2022. Esta versão oferece novas funcionalidades que foram disponibilizados nos últimos doze meses. Graças ao Conselho Consultivo de Clientes JES3plus  da Phoenix, as empresas que migram para o JES3plus podem se benefícios dos novos recursos que fornecem valor comercial real para seus clientes.

JES3plus V1R2

Destaques Funcionais:

  • E/S de SPOOL paralelo – Aproveitamento máximo da tecnologia de Volumes de Acesso Paralelo com suporte DASD de mainframe moderno para até oito programas de canal STARTIO em execução simultânea com uma única extensão de SPOOL. Esta é uma grande melhoria em relação à abordagem JES3 tradicional de permitir apenas um STARTIO de cada vez por extensão de SPOOL.
  • Contenção de Bloqueio Local Reduzido – Agora como parte da operação do JES3Plus, vários SRBs de conclusão de E/S são executados simultaneamente, com bloqueio local apenas se e quando necessário. Além disso, se a E/S de conclusão contiver solicitações de apenas um único espaço de endereço, o SRB será agendado diretamente para esse espaço de endereço, em vez do espaço de endereço JES3 plus.
  • Balanceamento aprimorado do Iniciador em Lote WLM – Com o JES3 plus colocando trabalhos em lote em iniciadores ociosos em todo o JESplex usando uma porcentagem alvo derivada das contagens de alocação de iniciadores da WLM. Até agora este comportamento ocorria apenas nos sistemas JES2.

“A adoção do JES3plus é a escolha óbvia para os clientes JES3 da IBM”, disse Ed Jaffe, Diretor de Tecnologia da Phoenix Software International, “e reforçamos esse ponto por meio do aprimoramento do desempenho com resultados empíricos muito impactantes. Os benchmarks intensivos em E/S da SPOOL conduzidos no nosso z15 mostraram que o JES3 plus executou quase o dobro dos trabalhos executados no JES3 da IBM, reduzindo simultaneamente a utilização do canal FICON em 92%! Resultados igualmente favoráveis foram observados na comparação com o JES2. E, como nosso roteiro de melhorias está 100% voltado para o cliente, acreditamos que uma migração para JES3plus seja a escolha mais fácil e menos arriscada, e a que faz mais sentido.”

(E)JES® V6R2

(E)JES V6R2, a mais recente versão da moderna ferramenta de gerenciamento JESplex z/OS da Phoenix Software, inclui melhorias para visualização e gerenciamento de conexões e estruturas de instalações de acoplamento, ambientes de agendamento WLM, classe/grupos de trabalho, membros sysplex e montagens z/OS UNIX. Além disso, adicionamos suporte para um repositório de filtros que fornece ao usuário final a capacidade de salvar e recarregar filtros.

Lançamentos de Produto da Phoenix Software: Setembro de 2022

A Phoenix Software está atualizando sua linha de produtos este mês. Os downloads de produtos estarão disponíveis para os clientes através do portal de suporte da Phoenix Software International. Visite https://phoenixsoftware.com/support.htm#downloads. Novos produtos:

  • (E)JES V6R2
  • CONDOR® z/OS 26.2 z/VSE 32.1
  • CYGNET® z/OS 26.2 z/VSE 32.1
  • Entrypoint® 16.3
  • FALCON® z/OS 26.2 z/VSE 32.1
  • Falcon64® 11.2
  • JES3plus V1R2
  • Key/101® 9.2
  • PHX-Adders®/PHX-Guest® 7.4
  • PHX-BDT® V1R2
  • PHX-KeyPlus® 5.4
  • PHX-ODE® 7.4

Sobre a Phoenix Software International

A Phoenix Software International, Inc., (https://www.phoenixsoftware.com) é uma empresa de desenvolvimento de software de sistemas que fornece aplicativos de software avançados para empresas em todo o mundo. A empresa oferece uma ampla gama de soluções para atender os desafios das empresas modernas.

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