May 15, 2015
MAIZALL, the international alliance for maize, recently announced the election of Sergio Bortolozzo of Brazil as the organization’s second president, succeeding Julius Schaaf of the United States who had served as president since MAIZALL’s incorporation in 2013.
“MAIZALL was established because producers in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil – the three major corn exporting countries of the Americas – recognized that we shared some common concerns,” Bortolozzo said. A farmer from Brazil, Bortolozzo is the President of ABRAMILHO, the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers, and previously first vice president of MAIZALL.
MAIZALL is an equal partnership of four organizations in three countries: the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association in the United States, ABRAMHILO in Brazil, and MAIZAR in Argentina. While the three countries are vigorous competitors in world markets, their producers are jointly committed to trade, modern agricultural technology and improved market access.
“All of us are stronger when we work together,” Bortolozzo said. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve my fellow maize producers in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil.
“I want to begin by thanking Julius Schaaf of the U.S. Grains Council for his leadership in establishing MAIZALL. We will continue as an equal partnership of three countries and to present the growers’ perspective in international discussions on technology and trade. ”
The MAIZALL Board of Directors has met with trade and regulatory officials from Argentina, Brazil and the United States to strengthen cooperation in working for improved market access for crops derived from biotechnology.
The group has focused especially on challenges in China and the European Union that affect producers in the corn exporting countries as well as the importance of intergovernmental dialogues to encourage development of effective synchronous biotechnology approval systems and establishment of policies to manage low-level presence of as-yet unapproved biotech traits.
“Without workable LLP policies, for example, farmers lose no matter what. Either we lose access to beneficial technologies that improve our economic and environmental sustainability, or we risk losing access to markets because of the presence of trace levels of an event. This serves no one’s interest,” Bortolozzo said.
In 2015, MAIZALL will continue its outreach in the European Union, ongoing discussions with Chinese and Korean officials, and advocacy work related to regulatory harmonization on biotech events among the countries of the Americas.
MAIZALL is a voluntary, non-governmental organization representing grower organizations in major exporting countries interested in the international trade in corn. MAIZALL’s members recognize that the world’s population is growing; that the global middle class is growing even faster; and that global food demand will challenge producers of all commodities in all countries in the years ahead. While they are competitors for market share around the world, grower exporters share a common commitment to providing global consumers with enhanced diets, food security, food safety, and increased quality, variety, and consumer choice. MAIZALL’s members understand that modern agricultural techniques and an open, transparent, fair international trading system are essential to meeting these objectives. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org