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Arturo Silva Hinojosa

Seed Systems Lead for Africa and Latin America

Arturo Silva Hinojosa leads CIMMYT’s maize seed systems team in Africa and Latin America. He negotiates with seed companies in these regions in order to strengthen maize seed systems, identifies best-bet products for target agro-ecologies and helps accelerate replacement of obsolete varieties with improved varieties.

Hinojosa also serves as a technical backstop for partners in the private sector related to CIMMYT varieties, in which he often designs and implements – in partnership with seed companies – innovative methods for small-to-medium sized seed companies in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to scale up and market improved maize varieties. He regularly mentors seed company partners on seed business management, and seeks to develop and implement impact-oriented, realistic work plans for the maize seed systems team.