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

It operates through its 4 Institutes based in Bari - CIHEAM Bari - (Italy), Chania - CIHEAM Chania - (Greece), Montpellier - CIHEAM Montpellier - (France), and Zaragoza - CIHEAM Zaragoza - (Spain), and the Headquarters - CIHEAM SG, based in Paris.

The CIHEAM has a long history of multilateral and regional cooperation and offers education and training, research, technical assistance, and capacity building.

It works with public administrations, universities and research centers, cooperation and development organizations, local authorities, civil society actors and companies to meet the needs of Mediterranean populations and territories.

Originally centered on the training of senior executives from Mediterranean countries, the CIHEAM quickly became a pioneer in the mobility of students and young researchers. A unique space that combines science and diplomacy, the CIHEAM has made the circulation of knowledge and skills a force at the service of the region's agri-food systems. This ambition was made possible thanks to the French Louis Malassis, who set up innovative teaching by installing, more than 40 years ago, the international system of Masters in the Institutes.

From the vision of two pioneers...

The Spanish agronomist and diplomat, Ramón Esteruelas, for his part, saw in the Mediterranean not only a common civilization but also an area of cooperation with great potential. This vision was reinforced by the Italian Carlo Scarascia Mugnozza, former Commissioner for Agriculture of the European Union, who worked on an enlargement to the neighbors of the southern and eastern shores to respond to the Mediterranean challenges and bring out collective ambitions.

... to the construction 
of a unique space

This vision, carried by avant-garde figures and consolidated by the commitment of many others, has made it possible, since the 1960s, to provide a basis for Mediterranean political dialogue and to make the food issue a priority in co-development.

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