With the global population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050 and middle class incomes on the rise, farmers in North and South America understand the need to increase agricultural productivity to meet the unprecedented demand for food and feed. This will have to be accomplished sustainably using less land, energy and water and mitigate the impacts of climate change. In order to accomplish such a task, farmers will need access to evolving agriculture production practices, including agricultural biotechnology. However, regulatory gridlock and lack of consumer understanding of agricultural technologies restrict farmers’ ability to capture the benefits of innovation.
In January 2013, leadership from maize grower associations in Argentina, Brazil and the United States met to discuss collaboration on addressing global market access barriers related to the introduction of new technologies in agriculture, particularly biotechnology. This meeting led to the formation of MAIZALL: The International Maize Alliance.
MAIZALL is committed to three areas of focus: communicating the benefits of modern agricultural production methods and technologies, addressing asynchronous approval of biotech products, and promoting regulatory harmonization.