Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas.
It is composed of 13 member States (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and operates through its 4 Institutes based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) and a General Secretariat based in Paris.
The CIHEAM collaborates with several international and regional organisations.
At present, Masum Burak is the President of CIHEAM and Cosimo Lacirignola the Secretary General
We believe in a UNITED MEDITERRANEAN where the sustainable development of agriculture, food security and territorial cohesion are the seeds of social stability and inclusive growth.
We promote MULTILATERAL COOPERATION through specialised training, networked research, scientific diplomacy and political partnerships.
We contribute to REGIONAL STABILITY, food and nutrition security, health of populations, the protection of the environment and increased access to the job market of youth.
We strongly believe in INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE and DIVERSITY. Several nationalities and religions coexist within the CIHEAM.
We believe in KNOWLEDGE SHARING and the enhancement of links between knowledge and development needs.
We promote POLITICAL DIALOGUE through the organisation of meetings of the Agricultural Ministries of our member States.
We develop our actions within an ACCOUNTABILITY framework and implement them through a result-based management approach.
Consisting of one representative from each of the 13 member States, the Governing Board 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.
The President is elected by a 2/3 majority for a period of 4 years. He is assisted by Vice-Presidents elected for the same period through the same voting procedure.
Based in Paris, the Headquarters coordinate, facilitate and implement the actions conducted by the different bodies of the CIHEAM.
It consists of a number of eminent figures appointed for a period of 4 years by the Governing Board. They are "chosen, in particular, from among members of establishments for higher education in agriculture and of agricultural research institutes" (article 5.1 of the 1962 Agreement). It gives its advice on issues submitted by the Governing Board.
Over the last five decades, our Organisation has been striving to foster stronger mutilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean.
Since 1962, we strive to bring people and ideas together.