Who are we?
As the specialized agency of the Inter-American System for agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) supports the efforts of the Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being.
To encourage, promote and support our Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence.
To create a competitive, inclusive and sustainable inter-American agriculture that feeds the hemisphere and the world, while at the same time generating opportunities to reduce hunger and poverty among farmers and rural dwellers.
IICA is characterized by being:
- Committed to accountability
- Enviromentally responsible
Anti-fraud Policy: Planting trust
IICA is committed to preventing, detecting, investigating, correcting and, where applicable, punishing all acts of fraud committed against the organization, whether they are committed by members of its own staff, employees of other institutions or third parties. IICA has a policy of zero tolerance for acts of fraud, meaning that all incidents of fraud are to be reported and will be investigated as appropriate. See the full text of our Anti-Fraud Policy and read a summary in this brochure.
Code of Ethics: Cultivating our principles
The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to provide all staff members with a guide to appropriate behaviors in the performance of our duties and decision-making. Its objective is to promote a culture based on lofty ethical principles that emphasizes the moral commitment to channel our everyday actions toward respect for our own rights and the rights of others, and toward good working relations that foster an environment that encourages trust and growth.
Procedures Manual for the Procurement of Goods and Services
This manual establishes an institutional regulatory framework for the procurement of goods and services required by IICA, geared toward complying with the principles of transparency, prudent use of resources, objectivity in selection processes, competitiveness, sustainability, and accountability.
What do we do?
The distinctive activities through which IICA fulfills the mandates from the countries are as follows:
- Institutional strengthening
- Capacity building and development of human talent
- Development and strengthening of public policies
- Management and use of knowledge
- Project management
- Consensus building and coordination of stakeholders
- Horizontal cooperation
- Corporate management
The agriculture that we promote
We offer technical support to help all the countries of the hemisphere achieve the following strategic objectives:
- Improve the productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
- 2 Strengthen agriculture’s contribution to the development of rural areas and the well-being of the rural population.
- mprove agriculture’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and make better use of natural resources.
- 4 Improve agriculture’s contribution to food security.
A results-oriented IICA
We work actively to ensure that our technical cooperation produces the following interlinked, verifiable and measurable results:
- Transformations: the achievement of the strategic objectives, which are the responsibility of all the sector stakeholders in each country.
- Contributions: changes brought about by IICA’s intervention through international public goods.
- Outputs or services: concrete deliverables or contributions of our cooperation.
Attentive to the demand from the countries
We endeavor to ensure that the international public goods support the countries in areas in which they have common needs, at four levels:
- Regional (Northern, Central, Andean, Southern and Caribbean regions)
The organization of our work at all levels is reflected in the IICA country strategies, which make it possible to address the priorities indicated by the nations themselves.
A renewed model
We have renewed our technical cooperation model in order to obtain quality results that have an impact on agriculture in our countries. We aim to achieve measurable contributions through the following features of the model:
- A clear definition of the Institute’s functions and capabilities
- Cross-thematic coordination, with differentiated country strategies
- Programmatic execution through projects
- Use of networks of offices and technical personnel
- Technical services and corporate management as an integral part of technical cooperation
- Allocation of resources based on expected results
- Rigorous evaluation of results, geared to continuous improvement
- Intense communication and dissemination of results
How do we do it?
We operate via projects that produce concrete results, through the effective and transparent use of all our human, financial and infrastructure resources in each country.
The following are our flagship projects:
- Competitiveness and sustainability of agricultural chains for food security and economic development
- Inclusion in agriculture and rural areas
- Resilience and comprehensive risk management in agriculture
- 4. Productivity and sustainability of family agriculture for food security and the rural economy
We also operate through:
- Externally funded projects, whose technical or administrative management is assigned to IICA by one or more of its partners.
- Rapid response actions to address specific situations as they arise, for which IICA mobilizes its technical capabilities in answer to a request for short-term support from a member country.
- Pre-investment initiatives, aimed at securing and mobilizing complementary financial resources.
We will continue to make Agricultural Health and Food Safety (AHFS),, an issue of particular importance for the member countries, a high priority of our technical cooperation.
For more information, refer to IICA’s 2014-2018 Medium-term Plan and 2010-2020 Strategic Plan
Where do we work?
Street address: 130 Albert Street, Suite 1002, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1P 5G4
Postal address: 130 Albert Street, Suite 1002, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1P 5G4
Phone No.: 1 (613) 230-1044
Fax No.: 1 (613) 230-1951
Street address: Calle San Francisco No 1514, Col. Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, Del. Benito Juárez, C.P. 03200, México Distrito Federal.
Phone No.: (52-55) 5559-8716 / -8963 / -8477 / 8716
Fax No.: (52-555) 5559-8887
United States of America
Street address: 1889 F Street, N.W., Suite 360, Washington, D.C. 20006
Postal address: 1889 F Street, N.W., Suite 360, Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone No.: 1 (202) 458-3767 / 458-3768 / 458-6962
Fax No.: 1 (202) 458-6335
Street address: #24 Orchid Garden Street, Orchid Garden Area, Belmopan, Belize, C.A.
Postal address: 448 Belmopan, Belize, C.A.
Phone No.: (501-8) 220-222 / 221-087
Fax No.: (501-8) 220-286
Street address: 7° Avenida 14-44, Zona 9, Edif. La Galería, cuarto piso, oficina 402, Guatemala, Guatemala C.A.
Postal address: Apartado 1815, Código postal 01901 Guatemala, Guatemala C.A.
Phone No.: (502) 2386-5902
Fax No.: (502) 2386-5923
Street address: Col. Lomas del Guijarro, Calzada Llama del Bosque, Casa No. 530 (dos casas abajo de la Alianza Francesa), Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Postal address: Apartado 1410, Código postal 11101, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Phone No.: (504) 2221-4938 / -5047 / -6924 / -5056
Fax No.: (504) 2221-4989
Dirección: Ave. Manuel Gallardo y Final 1a. Ave. Norte (Av. Hermano Julio Gaitán), Santa Tecla, El Salvador
Postal address: Apartado (01) 78 San Salvador, El Salvador
Phone No.: (503) 2241-1500
Fax: (503) 2241-1566
Street address: IICA Km 10 carretera a Masaya, mano izq. Managua, Nicaragua
Postal address: Apartado 4830 Managua, Nicaragua
Phone No.: (505) 2276-2754 / -2755 / -2808 / -2775
Fax No.: (505) 2276-2405
Street address: 600 m. noreste del Cruce Ipís-Coronado, San Isidro de Coronado, San José, Costa Rica
Postal address: Apartado 55-2200 San José, Vásquez de Coronado, San Isidro 11101 - Costa Rica
Phone No.: (506) 2216-0222
Fax No.: (506) 2216-0258
Street address: Edificio PH Plaza 2000 Piso No.18. Ciudad de Panamá
Postal address: 0819-01385 Panamá, República de Panamá
Phone No.: (507) 264-5680 / 264-0976 / 264-1507
Fax No.: (507) 264-6930
Street address: Carrera 30, Calle 45 Ciudad Universitaria Edificio IICA, Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Postal address: Apartado Aéreo 14592 Bogotá, Colombia
Phone No.: (57-1) 519-0595
Fax No.: (57-1) 368-0927 / 368-0928
Street address: Av. 12 de Octubre N24-584 y Francisco Salazar (esq.), edif. Torre Sol Verde, piso 2
Postal address: Apartado 17-03-00201 Quito, Ecuador
Phone No.: (593-2) 290-9002 / 290-9003 / 290-9004 / Cel.: 099-736-802
Fax No.: (593-2) 256-8012
Street address: Av. Defensores del Chaco #1997 (entre calles 53 y 54), zona Chasquipampa, La Paz, Bolivia
Postal address: Cajón Postal 9142, La Paz, Bolivia
Phone No.: (591-2) 279-7272
Fax No.: (591-2) 277-3377
Street address: Esquina Puente Victoria a Ño Pastor Edificio Centro Villasmil Piso 11, Oficina 1102 Parque Carabobo Caracas, Venezuela
Postal address: Apartado 5345 Caracas 1010, Venezuela
Phone No.: (58-212) 573-1021 / 572-0776 / 571-8055 / 572-1243
Fax No.: (58-212) 577-1356 / 576-3150
Street address: Av. La Molina N° 1581, Distrito de La Molina (ref. camino a la Univ. Nacional Agraria) - Lima, Perú
Postal address: Apartado No. 14-0185 Lima, Perú
Phone No.: (51-1) 349-2273 / 349-1275 / 349-2203
Fax No.: (51-1) 348-7880
Street address: SHIS QI 5, Chácara 16, Lago Sul, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brasil – CEP 71600-530
Postal address: Caixa Postal 02995, 71609-970, Brasília DF, Brasil
Phone No.: (55-61) 2106-5477
Fax No.: (55-61) 2106-5459
Street address: Calle Rancagua No. 0320, Providencia, Santiago, Chile
Postal address: Casilla No. 16107, Correo 9, Providencia, Santiago, Chile
Phone No.: (56-2) 2225-2511
Fax No.: (56-2) 2269-1371 / 2269-6858
Street address: Oficina del IICA en Uruguay, Edificio Mercosur, Luis P. Piera 1992 Piso 3, Montevideo, Uruguay
Postal address: Casilla de Correos 1217 Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone No.: (598-2) 410-1676 / 410-1793 al 97
Fax No.: (598-2) 410-1778 / 410-1780 (PROCISUR)
Street address: Campus de la Universidad Nacional de Asunción - Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias - Calle Gral. Patricio Escobar casi Ruta Mcal. Estigarribia San Lorenzo, Paraguay
Postal address: Casilla de Correos 287. Asunción, Paraguay
Phone No.: (595-21) 584-060 / 584-168 / 584-428 / 584-437
Fax No.: (595-21) 584-060 / 584-168 / 584-428 / 584-437
Street address: Bernardo de Irigoyen 88, piso 5 1072 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Postal address: Casilla de Correos 063, 1401 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone No.: (54-11) 4345-1210 / 4334-8282 / 4342-4967
Fax No.: (54-11) 4345-1208
Antigua y Barbuda
Street address: IICA Office in Antigua and Barbuda, 2nd Floor Payless Building, Corner of Mahico Drive and Old Parham Road, St. John`s, Antigua
Postal address: P.O. Box 1552, St. John`s, Antigua
Phone No.: 1 (268) 462-6119 / 724-0889
Fax No.: 1 (268) 462-6118
Street address: #5 Village Road, Nassau, Bahamas
Postal address: P.O. Box SS-6205
Phone No.: 1 (242) 393-8881 / 393-8882
Fax No.: 1 (242) 393-8883
Street address: 3rd Floor BAOBAB Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, BB22026 Barbados
Postal address: P.O. Box 705, Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone No.: 1 (246) 271-9210 / 9211 / 9212
Fax No.: 1 (246) 271-9213
Dirección: Bureau de l’IICA en Haiti, 8. rue Mangonès, Berthé, Pétion-Ville, Haiti, WI
Correo postal: P.O. Box 2020, Port-au-Prince, Haití
Teléfono: (509) 2256-6859/90/84/ 2256-7061/ 2257-5725
Fax: (509) 2256-6882
Correo electrónico: email@example.com
Street address: c/o Division of Agriculture, Botanical Gardens, Roseau Commonwealth of Dominica, W.I.
Phone No.: 1 (767) 448-4502
Fax No.: 1 (767) 448-5898
Street address: 3rd Floor-GCNA Commercial Complex, Kirani James Boulevard, St. George’s, Grenada
Postal address: P.O. Box 228, St. George’s, Grenada
Phone No.: 1 (473) 440-5547
Fax No.: 1 (473) 440-4186
Street address: Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, Jamaica, West Indies
Postal address: P.O. Box 349, Kingston 6, Jamaica, West Indies
Phone No.: 1 (876) 927-0020 / 702-4779 / 702-4780 / 702-4524
Fax No.: 1 (876) 702-4781
Street address: Lot 18, Brickdam, Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana, South America
Postal address: P.O. Box 10-1089, Georgetown, Guyana
Phone No.: (592-2) 268-347 / 268-835 / 278-791 / 263-413
Fax No.: (592-2) 25 8358
Street address: A.V. George Washington #601, 3era Planta Banco Agrícola, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.
Postal address: Apartado 711, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Phone No.: 1 (809) 533-2797 / 533-7522 / 534-5005
Fax No.: 1 (809) 532-5312
Street address: Letitia Vriesdelaan No. 11, Paramaribo, Suriname
Postal address: P.O. Box 1895, Paramaribo
Phone No.: (597) 410-861 / 478-187 / 410-951
Fax No.: (597) 410-727
St. Kitts and Nevis
Street address: La Guerite, Baseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies
Postal address: P.O. Box 848, La Guerite, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies
Phone No.: 1 (869) 465-5104 / 465-9325
Fax No.: 1 (869) 465-8908
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Street address: Granby Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Postal address: P.O. Box 2932, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Phone No.: 1 (784) 457-2698
Fax No.: 1 (784) 457-2122
Trinidad and Tobago
Street address: #10 Austin Street, St. Augustine Trinidad, West Indies
Postal address: P.O. Box 1318, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
Phone No.: 1 (868) 645-4555 / 645-5020 / 645-8886
Fax No.: 1 (868) 662-8253
Street address: 4th Floor Sir Stanislaus Anthony James Building, Waterfront, Castries, Saint Lucia
Postal address: P.O. Box 1223, Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies
Phone No.: 1 (758) 451-6760 / 451-6761
Fax No.: 1 (758) 451-6774
Street address: Oficina Permanente para Europa (OPE) - Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura -IICA- Paseo Infanta Isabel, 1 Despacho T-62, 28071 Madrid - España
Phone No.: (34) 660-101-895
Fax No.: (34-91) 515-9809
How is IICA governed?
The Institute has two governing bodies:
- The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA), comprising the representatives of its 34 member countries. It meets biennially.
- The Executive Committee, comprising representatives of 12 Member States, elected in accordance with the principles of partial rotation and equitable geographic distribution. It meets annually.
The General Directorate is the executive organ of IICA. It is made up of the technical and administrative units through which the activities of the Institute are coordinated and carried out.
Dr. Víctor M. Villalobos, a citizen of Mexico, has been the Director General of IICA since 2010. He was elected by the IABA for a second term (2014-2018).
Former IICA Directors General
2002 - 2010
Dr. Chelston W.D. Brathwaite
20 noviembre 2001
1994 - 2002
Dr. Carlos E. Aquino G.
20 noviembre 2001
1986 - 1994
Dr. Martín Piñeiro
20 septiembre 1993
IICA/JIA/Res.218 (VII O/93)
1982 - 1986
Dr. Francisco Morillo A.
25 octubre 1985
Dr. José Emilio G. Araujo
12 agosto 1981
Ing. Armando Samper
22 octubre 1969
Ing. Carlos Madrid V.
12 julio 1978
Dr. Ralph H. Allee V.
Estados Unidos de América
29 marzo 1960
Dr. Earl N. Bressman V.
Estados Unidos de América
25 octubre 1985
Republic of Turkey
Republic of Korea
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 Brief history.