The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the specialized agency for agriculture of the Inter-American System that supports the efforts of Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being.
The Institute provides cooperation services through close and permanent work with its 34 Member States, addressing their needs in a timely manner. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work. We have broad experience in areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health, food safety and quality, international agricultural trade, family farming, rural development, natural resource management and the bioeconomy.
Our mission is to encourage, promote and support Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence.
Our vision is to be a modern and efficient institution supported by a platform of human resources and processes that are capable of mobilizing the knowledge available in the region and around the world, with the aim of achieving a competitive, inclusive and sustainable agriculture sector that takes advantage of opportunities to contribute to economic growth and development as well as to foster greater rural well-being and sustainable management of its natural capital.
The Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IICA) was founded, and its headquarters were established in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Following the creation of the OAS, IICA became the specialized agency for agriculture of the Inter-American System.
The new Headquarters was officially opened in San Isidro de Coronado.
The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA) was created as the highest governing body. The organization was also renamed as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. By that time, membership had climbed to 29 countries.
Argentinean Manuel Otero began his administration (period 2018-2022), and the 2018-2022 Medium-term Plan (MTP) came into operation.