Who we are

Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization 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 the Headquarters based in Paris.

The CIHEAM collaborates with several international and regional organizations.

Texts of Constitution of the CIHEAM

Mohammed SADIKI is the President of the CIHEAM Governing Board and Plàcido PLAZA 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 organization 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.

For further information: CIHEAM Strategic Agenda CAPMED 2025

Our structure 

The Governing Board

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


Masum BURAK (President)




Vice President

Teodoro MIANO


Vice President




Vice President

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Soliman Mohamed 


Vice President

Mohammed SADIKI









Valérie BADUEL



Charalambos KASIMIS







Justin ZAHRA






Mahmoud Elies HAMZA





The Headquarters

Based in Paris, the Headquarters coordinate, facilitate and implement the actions conducted by the different bodies of the CIHEAM.

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes

The 4 Institutes CIHEAM-Bari, CIHEAM-Chania, CIHEAM-Montpellier, and CIHEAM-Zaragoza conduct most of the CIHEAM's educational, research and cooperation activities.

Advisory Board

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.


Advisory Board members elected during the 141st Governing Board meeting of the Organisation (December 2018) : 

  • Mrs. SINFORT Carole (Montpellier SupAgro, France)
  • Mrs. GHAOUTI Lamiae (Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Morocco)
  • Mr. MALORGIO Giulio (Universita di Bologna, Italy)
  • Mr. GARCIA AZCARATE Tomas (Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography, Spain)
  • Mr. ABDEL-HAMID Maher Abdel-Mohsen (Cairo University, Faculty of Agriculture, Soil Science Department, Egypt)
  • Mr. PAPADOPOULOS Apostolos (Harokopio University of Athens, Greece)
  • Mr. SENSOY Suat (Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey)

The new President of the Advisory Board will be elected next 19 mars 2019, for a period of 4 years. 





It all began in 1962...

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.