The Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organisation founded under the aegis of the OECD and the European Council in 1962, and including 13 countries of the Mediterranean Basin (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey). The mission of CIHEAM is to promote multilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, fishery, food and rural development through specialised (postgraduate) training, research, networking, and political and research partnerships. All its activities contribute to the elaboration of a global, innovative and engaging vision for development in the Mediterranean where sustainable development and territorial cohesion are the seeds of social stability and inclusive growth. It provides concrete solutions, shares experiences and best practices and promotes knowledge-based societies. CIHEAM contributes towards the establishment of a Mediterranean agricultural research hub through its involvement in several scientific research programmes (particularly under the European Union’s Framework Programmes). Its scope of operations is global, with a specific focus on collaboration with national partners in the North and South Mediterranean. CIHEAM is currently involved in 90 transnational projects, mobilizing nearly 50 countries, comprising more than 600 different organizations and research centres.
Every year about 400 people attend post-graduate and master courses and several research activities are linked to the above courses in the areas of integrated pest management, water resources, soil, food, rural development, organic farming, biowaste and renewable energy. The headquarters of the organization are in Paris, where the General Secretariat is based.