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Strategic objectives

The four strategic objectives organize and systematize the countries’ development strategies and, consequently, IICA’s technical cooperation actions. The objectives are as follows:

  • 1. Increase the contributions of the agriculture sector to economic growth and sustainable development.
  • 2. Contribute to the well-being of all rural dwellers.
  • 3. Improve international and regional trade for countries in the region.
  • 4. Increase the resilience of rural areas and agrifood systems to extreme events.

Our model prioritizes triangular cooperation and South-South cooperation, and is geared towards 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. Territorial Development and Family Farming.
  • 3. International Trade and Regional Integration.
  • 4. Climate Change, Natural Resources and Management of Production Risks.
  • 5. Agricultural Health, Safety and Food Quality.

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

  • 1. Gender and Youth.
  • 2. Innovation and Technology.


  • 1. To provide technical cooperation of excellence through its network of offices, within the framework of five programs aimed at fostering sustainable agricultural and rural development, following the interdisciplinary and focused work principles.
  • 2. To evolve towards an integrated and specialized knowledge management platform for the countries, through the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture, capacity building, the dissemination of good practices and lessons learned, communication for development, the promotion of networks, and horizontal cooperation.
  • 3. To develop public-private strategic partnerships and agreements for the benefit of the agriculture sector in the member countries, by implementing projects of common interest based on shared values.
  • 4. To address the needs of regional and interregional cooperation in support of the agriculture sector, in a timely and effective manner.
  • 5. To carry out efficient administrative management based on process culture, decentralization and results-based continuous improvement.
  • 6. To strengthen the Institute’s finances by optimizing operations, utilizing institutional resources in a rational manner, increasing the amount of external resources secured, as well as executing development and investment projects.
  • 7. To foster a conscious leadership style that strengthens staff members’ capabilities and collaborative work in a safe and healthy work environment.
  • 8. To modernize the governing bodies by fostering broad public dialogue, transparency and private-sector participation.
  • 9. To drive affirmative institutional actions that foster an inclusive and diverse workforce.
  • 10. To become an IICA with “open doors”, that is environmentally responsible and involved in the community.


Administrative management will be grounded in the following principle:

  • 1. Transparency and accountability,
  • 2. Decentralization and operational flexibility,
  • 3. Budgetary administration,
  • 4. Efficient and effective support of technical cooperation activities,
  • 5. Timely information,
  • 6. A process culture,
  • 7. A results-based approach.

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