Founded in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organisation comprising thirteen member countries from the Mediterranean Basin (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia and Turkey). CIHEAM is made up of a General Secretariat based in Paris and four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes (MAI) located in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain). In pursuing its three central missions (education, research and cooperation) CIHEAM has come to be recognised as an authority in its fields of activity: Mediterranean agriculture, food and sustainable rural development. At present, Abdelaziz Mougou (cv) is President of CIHEAM and Francisco Mombiela Muruzabal (cv) is Secretary General.
An intergovernmental organization created in 1962 under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the OECD.
- Mission: To develop cooperation between Mediterranean countries through postgraduate training and promotion of cooperative research in the field of agriculture and natural resources.
- Member countries: Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
- Governing Board: Directs the policy of the Centre. Composed of a representative of each member country, and representatives of the Council of Europe and the OECD. The FAO, the EC, and the AOAD participate as observers.
- Scientific Advisory Committee: Members are eminent independent scientists that advise the Governing Board in the definition of the Centre's scientific policy.
- General Secretariat: Coordinates the activities of the Centre. Its headquarters are in Paris. It is composed of the Secretary General, the Directors of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes and the attached staff.
- Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes: The Centre has 4 Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes situated in Bari (Italy), Chania(Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain).