More than 70 years ago, a group of visionaries recognized the need to create an
agency specializing in agriculture for the American continent, with a purpose
that still remains valid today: to promote agricultural development and rural
well-being in this region.
As a result, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
(IICA) was born. Throughout this time, the Institute has succeeded in
identifying challenges and opportunities and, most importantly, evolving into an
international technical cooperation organization that permanently responds to
the new demands of the agricultural sector.
In the Americas, the second decade of the 21st century has brought new
challenges and opportunities for agriculture, which is destined to become a real
engine of development, capable of generating economic growth and prosperity for
the region’s population. Unlocking the agricultural sector’s potential in our
countries is crucial if we are to meet one of the greatest challenges facing
humankind: achieving food security.
The Institute provides its cooperation through daily, close and permanent
collaboration with its 34 Member States, whose needs it addresses expeditiously
in order to achieve increasingly inclusive, competitive and sustainable
agriculture. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close
relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work.
Since our institution was founded, we have acquired a wealth of experience in
areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health and
food safety, agribusiness, agricultural trade, rural development, natural
resource management and training.
For more information, refer to the
Convention on IICA and our