• Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
  • Agriculture: A priority for sustainable development in the Americas

About IICA

  • Who are we?

  • What do we do?

  • How do we do it?

  • Where do we work?

  • How is IICA governed?

  • History

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:

  • Innovative
  • Purposeful
  • Respectful
  • Inclusive
  • Transparent
  • Committed to accountability
  • Enviromentally responsible

Member States

Antigua and Barbuda
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
St. Lucia
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United States

Observer Countries

Czech Republic
People's Republic of China
Republic of Turkey
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
The European Union
The Netherlands

Associate Countries


Policy on the protection of whistleblowers and witnesses

Full text of our Policy on the protection of whisleblowers and witnesses

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.

IICA has a mechanism in place for receiving reports or complaints regarding actions that violate its Anti-fraud Policy, via email at transparencia@iica.int or through the following form:

The content of the reporting/complaint form is for internal use only, and will remain strictly confidential. IICA guarantees that it will not undertake any action that could be intepreted as retaliation or a threat against the person filing the complaint.

Policy for the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism

Download Policy for the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism

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:

  1. Improve the productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
  2. 2 Strengthen agriculture’s contribution to the development of rural areas and the well-being of the rural population.
  3. mprove agriculture’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and make better use of natural resources.
  4. 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:

  • Hemispheric
  • Regional (Northern, Central, Andean, Southern and Caribbean regions)
  • Multinational
  • National

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 prioritize triangular cooperation and South-South cooperation, and are geared toward efficiency, flexibility, decentralization, collaborative work and networking, with a focus on processes as well as the mobilization of human, institutional and financial resources.

Our roadmap is based on five hemispheric programs, which lend uniqueness to IICA’s vision; channel the Institute’s programmatic actions toward the identification of cooperation actions through the design and implementation of projects; and provide technical advice and assistance to governments and other social and economic stakeholders involved in agricultural and rural life in the Americas.

The five hemispheric programs are:

  1. Bioeconomy and Production Development
  2. Climate Change, Natural Resources and Management of Production Risks
  3. Territorial Development and Family Farming
  4. Agricultural Health, Safety and Food Quality
  5. International Trade and Regional Integration

In addition, two cross-cutting issues have been identified as essential components in the work undertaken by all five programs:

  • Gender and youth
  • Innovation and technology

For more information, refer to IICA’s 2018-2022 Medium-term Plan

Where do we work?

Northern Region

  • Canadá
    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
    Email: iica.ca@iica.int
  • Mexico
    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
    Email: iica.mx@iica.int
  • 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
    Email: iica.us@iica.int

Central Region

  • Belize
    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
    Email: iica.bz@iica.int
  • Guatemala
    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
    Email: iica.gt@iica.int
  • Honduras
    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
    Email: iica.hn@iica.int
  • El Salvador
    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
    Email: iicaelsalvador@iica.int
  • Nicaragua
    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
    Email: iica@iica.int.ni
  • Costa Rica
    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
    Email: iica.cr@iica.int
  • Panama
    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
    Email: iica-pa@iica.int

Andean Region

  • Colombia
    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
    Email: iica.co@iica.int
  • Ecuador
    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
    Email: iica.ec@iica.int
  • Bolivia
    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
    Email: iica.bo@iica.int
  • Venezuela
    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
    Email: iica.ve@iica.int
  • Perú
    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
    Email: iica.pe@iica.int

Southern Region

  • Brazil
    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
    Email: iica.br@iica.int
  • Chile
    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
    Email: iica.chile@iica.int
  • Uruguay
    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)
    Email: oficina.uy@iica.int
  • Paraguay
    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
    Email: iica.py@iica.int
  • Argentina
    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
    Email: iicarg@iica.org.ar

Región Caribe

  • 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
    Email: iica.ag@iica.int
  • Bahamas
    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
    Email: iica@batelnet.bs
  • Barbados
    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
    Email: iica.bb@iica.int
  • Haíti
    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: iica.ht@iica.int
  • Dominica
    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
    Email: iicadm@cwdom.dm
  • Grenada
    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
    Email: iica.gd@iica.int
  • Jamaica
    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
    Email: iica.jm@iica.int
  • Guyana
    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
    Email: iica.gy@iica.int
  • República Dominicana
    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
    Email: iica.do@iica.int
  • Suriname
    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
    Email: iica@sr.net
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    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
    Email: iica.kn@iica.int
  • 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
    Email: iica.vc@iica.int
  • 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
    Email: iica.tt@iica.int
  • St. Lucia
    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
    Email: iica.lc@iica.int
  • Europe

    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
    Email: iica.es@iica.int

How is IICA governed?

Governing bodies

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.

General Directorate

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.

Manuel Otero, a citizen of Argentina, has been the Director General of IICA since January 2018. He was elected by the IABA for the term 2018-2022.

Former IICA Directors General

  • 20010 - 2017
    Dr. Víctor M. Villalobos
    Director Emérito
    30 octubre 2009
  • 2002 - 2010
    Dr. Chelston W.D. Brathwaite
    Director Emérito
    20 noviembre 2001
    IICA/JIA/Res.365 (XI-O/01)
  • 1994 - 2002
    Dr. Carlos E. Aquino G.
    Director Emérito
    República Dominicana
    20 noviembre 2001
    IICA/JIA/Res.365 (XI-O/01)
  • 1986 - 1994
    Dr. Martín Piñeiro
    Director Emérito
    20 septiembre 1993
    IICA/JIA/Res.218 (VII O/93)
  • 1982 - 1986
    Dr. Francisco Morillo A.
    Director Emérito
    25 octubre 1985
    IICA/JIA/Res.85 (III-O/85)
  • 1970-1982
    Dr. José Emilio G. Araujo
    Director Emérito
    12 agosto 1981
    IICA/JIA/Res.11 (I-O/81)
  • 1960-1969
    Ing. Armando Samper
    Director Emérito
    22 octubre 1969
  • 1969-1970
    Ing. Carlos Madrid V.
    Director Emérito
    12 julio 1978
    IICA/JD/Res.14 (28/78)
  • 1946-1960
    Dr. Ralph H. Allee V.
    Director Honorario
    Estados Unidos de América
    29 marzo 1960
    IICA/JD-137 rev
  • 1942-1946
    Dr. Earl N. Bressman V.
    Director Emérito
    Estados Unidos de América
    25 octubre 1985

Observer Countries

Czech Republic
European Union
The Netherlands
Republic of Turkey
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation


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.

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