The U.S. Grains Council; National Corn Growers Association; MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain; and ABRAMILHO, the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers, have signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance of North American and South American maize (corn) producers to collectively address issues concerning food security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image.
The organizations will function under the name “MAIZALL — The International Maize Alliance.” The primary focus of this new alliance is to emphasize the need for better consumer understanding of production agriculture, including the benefits of biotechnology and advancing global acceptance on the capacity to produce maize for feed, food and fuel. MAIZALL will also conduct outreach to governments and stakeholders on the need for trade-enabling biotechnology policies and regulatory procedures.
Signatories to the memorandum representing the producer organizations included Don Fast, chairman of USGC; Pam Johnson, president of NCGA; Alberto Morelli, chairman of MAIZAR; and Sergio Luiz Bortolozzo, second vice president of ABRAMILHO. The MAIZALL alliance was launched as part of the MAIZAR 2013 Congress meeting in Buenos Aires.