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CESARIO RAMALHO DA SILVA ASSUMES THE PRESIDENCY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CORN ALLIANCE

In a ceremony held on Tuesday (24), during the Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF), in São Paulo (SP), the Brazilian Cesario Ramalho da Silva was inaugurated as Maizall's new president, an international alliance that brings together representative entities from important corn-producing countries: Brazil, the United States and Argentina. Together, they account for about 50% of global grain production and hold approximately 70% of world cereal trade.

Maizall is formed by the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers (Abramilho), the US Grains Council, the National Corn Growers Association and the Argentine Association of Corn and Sorghum Producers (Maizar).

Cesario, in turn, was president of the Brazilian Rural Society, Agrishow, Corn and Sorghum Sectorial Chamber of the Ministry of Agriculture, Federation of Rural Associations of Mercosur (FARM), as well as director of several entities, Abramilho, ACSP, Fiesp, etc. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of the Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF).

He succeeds North American Pamela Johnson, a producer in the state of Iowa, and a major advocate of agricultural and development at the international level. Pamela was still president of the US Corn Producers Association, and worked on agricultural policy issues, including the passage of the North American agricultural law of 2014.

The corn turn

Created in 2013, Maizall aims to stimulate global maize production as a fundamental policy to ensure the world's food security. Grain is the main input used in the meat production chain [bovine, porcine and poultry] and is therefore essential to ensure the world supply of animal protein, which grows exponentially, especially in Asia.

Among Maizall's main flags are the expansion of biotechnology in the field as an indispensable technology to obtain productivity gains, as well as a better understanding of the benefits of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for the sustainable production of foods.

In addition, Maizall also advocates the stimulation of research and development of new technologies, as well as the adoption of governmental policies of regulatory equivalence of GMOs between producing and consuming countries that facilitate international trade in food and agricultural products.

"Maize production has taken on another level in Brazil in recent years, from the introduction of new technologies, which made the second crop of beans, for example, go beyond the first cycle. With this advance, the country also opened a new window of opportunity, with exports gaining prominence. In addition, the advent of corn ethanol in Brazil is another crucial factor for the development of this productive chain, "he says. Cesario Ramalho.