September 6, 2013. Panama City, Panama-The International Maize Alliance (MAIZALL) today announced its inaugural international trade mission to China and South Korea this fall. The MAIZALL Board of Directors met in Panama to finalize administrative and institutional procedures and formalize final planning for its initial trade mission effort.
MAIZALL is headquartered in Panama City, Panama. MAIZALL is composed of MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain; ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers); the National Corn Growers Association, and the U.S. Grains Council. The organizations recently signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance of North and South American maize (corn) producers to collaborate on a global basis to address key issues concerning food security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image.
Alliance members will participate in a food security strategy summit in Beijing on October 22 & 23. The delegation will also meet with key stakeholders, customers as well as participate in a tour of China’s corn harvest and meet with local producers. The delegation will also visit South Korea and meet with various feed industry stakeholders and government officials to discuss food security objectives and the importance of modern farming practices, including agricultural biotechnology.
“The widespread adoption of new agricultural technologies, specifically new biotech varieties, will enable growers to meet global food security”, stated MAIZALL President Julius Schaaf, who is currently Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council. “The Alliance message is to encourage governments of importing countries to make constructive biotechnology policy approval reforms to enable farmers to access the best technologies available and provide for the growing global demand of feed and food.”
In addition to President Schaaf, MAIZALL 1st Vice President Sérgio Luis Bortolozzo, Vice-President, ABRAMILHO; 2nd Vice President Alberto Morelli, President, MAIZAR; and Pam Johnson, Immediate Past President, National Corn Growers Association will lead the delegation to China and South Korea.