Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation devoted to sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal development.
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.
The Governing Board is the managing and decision-making body, the Governing Board consists of one representative from each of the 13 member countries.
Representatives of the OECD and the Council of Europe are ex officio members, who sit on the Board in an advisory capacity.
The President of the Board is elected by a 2/3 majority of its members for a period of 4 years. The President is assisted by Vice-Presidents elected for the same period by the same voting procedure.
Based in Paris, the Headquarters is the pivotal element of the operations. Its role is to facilitate, coordinate and implement work by the different organs of the organization.
The Committee 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 views on questions put to it by the Governing Board.
Our organization has crossed the last five decades without losing view of the ambition of stronger cooperation in the Mediterranean.
Since 1962, we work for bringing together people and ideas