"Bringing peoples and ideas closer together, meeting the challenges of food as well as rural and coastal development beyond political, economic, societal and environmental considerations. That is the goal that encouraged 13 countries around the Mediterranean basin to create the CIHEAM and its four Mediterranean agronomic institutes as far back as 1962."
Since 1962, the CIHEAM has focussed on the development of sustainable agriculture, fisheries and food systems in both rural and coastal areas of the Mediterranean basin.
For over fifty years, the CIHEAM has sailed the Mediterranean ins search of favourable winds and battling storms while maintaining the heading it has set to create ties between the different shores.
While the map of the CIHEAM has changed over time, agriculture, food, knowledge and rural development have always been the cardinal points guiding its journey. The experience acquired throughout these years allows the CIHEAM to adapt to the challenges of the present day. After all, the current political and financial context is no less complicated than in 1962.
Boasting considerable experience in a wide range of fields together with an extensive international network, the CIHEAM contributes to the debate on different ideas through the production of knowledge as well as scientific and technical analysis. Its publications and communication tools aim to facilitate the decision-making process for the region’s political, economic and agricultural stakeholders while providing students, researchers, journalists and other members of the civil society with the keys to understanding the Mediterranean.