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International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa)

Launched in May 2018, the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMICā€Africa) is a public-private partnership designed to strengthen maize breeding programs in Africa, and thereby improve African farmersā€™ access to high-quality, affordable, high-yielding and locally-adapted maize seed.

Any organization engaged in maize breeding for the African market is welcome to join the consortium, including national agricultural research institutions; small, medium and large maize seed companies; and international agricultural research organizations. Consortium members will have access to early-generation maize breeding material, an expansive hybrid evaluation network for robust evaluation of their products on various traits and across diverse agroecologies, training and capacity development opportunities, and value-added research services offered at preferential rates.

The Consortiumā€™s goal is to enhance the capacity of African maize breeding programs from public and private sectors to develop elite maize hybrids with client-preferred traits (including abiotic stress resilience, disease and insect pest resistance, and high yield potential), for the ultimate benefit of farming communities across Africa.

Objectives:

  • Providing members with access to CIMMYTā€™s early- and advanced-generation maize lines (breeding materials under development) to strengthen and diversify the germplasm used in their own breeding programs;
  • Allowing members to test their own pre-commercial maize hybrids in CIMMYT-led multi-location trials;
  • Improving membersā€™ access to research services that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their own breeding programs;
  • Facilitating participation by membersā€™ staff in annual training courses.