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International Maize Improvement Consortium for Latin America (IMIC-LatAm)

The International Maize Improvement Consortium for Latin America (IMIC-LatAm) promotes the sustainable development of the Latin American maize seed industry.

The Consortium is a partnership formed by CIMMYT and member institutions — including seed companies and national research programs — to achieve enhanced maize yields in Latin America.

IMIC-LatAm 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 Latin America including maize quality analysis, doubled haploid development and molecular quality assurance/quality control.

The provision of early generation or advanced maize lines enhances the Consortium members’ capacity for germplasm development in their own breeding programs, including the collaborative establishment of multi-location testing of elite pre-commercial maize hybrids throughout Mexico and other countries in Latin America to identify products that can advance to commercialization and deployment.

Objectives:

  • Diversification of the germplasm base of members’ maize breeding programs through distribution of CIMMYT-derived lines-under-development
  • Strengthen members’ capacity to develop maize hybrid products through a participatory, multi-location hybrid evaluation network
  • Build the capacity of members’ maize breeding programs by providing training to their staff on prioritized technical areas related to maize breeding, seed production and marketing
  • Support members’ maize breeding programs by improving their access to value-added services provided by CIMMYT