International Maize Improvement Consortium – Africa
The International Maize Improvement Consortium in Africa (IMIC-Africa) is a partnership of member institutions, including seed companies, national programs and foundations, formed by CIMMYT to achieve enhanced maize yields in Africa.
Members of IMIC-Africa share a vision: meeting the challenges of maize production by scaling out and fully exploiting the potential of improved climate-resilient and stress-tolerant varieties in sub-Saharan Africa.
IMIC-Africa incorporates lessons learned from CIMMYT’s Maize Program in Africa, such as the effective use of improved, climate-resilient and multiple-stress-tolerant maize varieties that have achieved tangible results in this region. Examples include elite drought-tolerant (DT) and elite heat-tolerant maize hybrids developed by CIMMYT and the rapid development and deployment of elite maize lethal necrosis (MLN)-resistant hybrids that were instrumental in the containment of this threat to eastern Africa.
The consortium formalizes the sharing of maize lines under development with public and private maize breeding programs. It also supports a vibrant germplasm testing network, offering opportunities for training and cross learning among members, and granting access to other special services offered by CIMMYT in Africa including MLN testing, doubled haploid development and molecular quality assurance/quality control.
The provision of early generation or advanced maize lines enhances members’ capacity for germplasm development in their own breeding programs. The subsequent multi-location testing of elite pre-commercial maize hybrids throughout sub-Saharan Africa by members serves to identify products that can advance to commercialization and deployment.