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 Türkiye).

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 Action Plan

All the activities of the CIHEAM are based on a bottom-up collaboration approach and are PROBLEM-SOLVING oriented, in relation to the specific needs of the countries.

The CIHEAM's missions are structured around 4 pillars of development and divided into 15 thematic priorities.

The CIHEAM Strategic Agenda 2025 and its Action Plan aim to implement the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, in the Mediterranean in specific fields. 

15 Thematic Priorities

Protecting the planet “by struggling against triple waste"

  • Sharing knowledge and defending traditional know-how
  • Managing natural resources and energy (water, soil, forests, energy, biodiversity, sea...)
  • Reducing agricultural losses and food waste throughout food chains

Food security and nutrition "by boosting sustainable agriculture and food"

  • Promoting the Mediterranean diet
  • Enhancing agro-ecological practices
  • Improving food safety and quality
  • Increasing access to food

Inclusive development "by investing in new generations and fragile territories"

  • Youth employment and life-long learning
  • Development of rural and coastal regions
  • Gender equality and participation of vulnerable groups
  • Emergence of smart rural territories and of inclusive agriculture and fishery models

Crises and resilience "by contributing to tensions management"

  • Population mobility and migrations
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions
  • Animal and plant health
  • Agricultural markets
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