International Maize Improvement Consortium for Latin America
The International Maize Improvement Consortium for Latin America (IMIC-LATAM), a component of CIMMYT’s Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture project, promotes the sustainable development of both maize grain and seed producers by breeding maize hybrids with conventional technologies and improving native maize seed in collaborative breeding projects with participant farmers.
IMIC-LATAM’s improved maize seeds are tested in collaboration with the local seed sector which, in turn, commercializes the best adapted materials in Mexico’s growing regions. In 2015, MasAgro Maize’s main results were:
- 16 collaborative breeding trials of native maize established with participant farmers in eight communities in the state of Oaxaca in southwest Mexico.
- 48 small and medium-sized Mexican seed companies collaborated with MasAgro Maize. Together, they produced 1.2 million 20 kilogram bags containing 60,000 seeds of hybrid maize.
- Participating companies increased sales of MasAgro hybrid seed by 44 percent from 2014 to 2015.
- Local seed companies sold 26 MasAgro hybrids branded under 100 commercial names in 19 states, 78 regions and 257 municipalities of Mexico.