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International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies


International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies

Established in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation composed of 13 Member States (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey).

It operates through its Headquarters based in Paris and four Institutes in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain).

As a key player in multilateral cooperation in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food systems, coastal and rural development, CIHEAM implements activities in the following sectors: education and capacity building, networked research, cooperation and technical assistance, political dialogue and partnership.

These activities are conducted taking into account the four main pillars established in PACMED 2025, the strategic agenda adopted during the Ministerial Council meeting in 2016:

  1. Protection of the planet by combating all forms of waste: waste of natural resources, food waste and waste of knowledge and know-how;

  2. Food and nutrition security by boosting sustainable agriculture and food systems;

  3. Inclusive development by investing in new generations and fragile territories;

  4. Prevention of crises by managing tensions and working for the resilience of communities.


CIHEAM’s structure:

  • President of the Governing Board: Professor Mohammed Sadiki

  • Secretary-General: Placido Plaza

  • Governing Board: it consists of one representative from each of the 13 Member States, and is the managing and decision-making body. Representatives of the OECD and the Council of Europe sit ex officio on the Board in an advisory capacity.

  • Advisory Board: it gives its advice on issues submitted by the Governing Board.

Italy has a representative in the Governing Board and in the Advisory Board and contributes to the work of the organisation also with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, whose director is Maurizio Raeli.

The Italian national responsible authority is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – General Directorate for Development Cooperation.

Official website: Centre international de hautes études agronomiques méditerranéennes