The Agricultural Research Institute, INIA, is the main research institution in Chile regarding this area. It is a private corporate entity, nonprofit and dependent on the Agriculture Ministry.
It started in 1964, when it was created by the Agricultural Development Institute, the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO) the “Universidad de Chile” (Chile University), the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Concepción.
Its legal address is located in Santiago but has a national geographic coverage which is made up of 10 Regional Research Centers located in the Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitan, Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins, Maule, Bío Bío, Araucanía, Lagos, Aysén and Magallanes Regions.
INIA has 983 employees. It has more than 17.500 hectares to carry out research, transfer and extension projects and has appropriate laboratories, libraries and facilities for such tasks.
It is funded by public and private funds, research projects and the sale of technological supplies.
Generate and transfer knowledge and strategic technologies on a global scale to produce innovation and improve competitiveness in the silvo – agricultural area.
Be a leading institution in the creation and transfer of knowledge and sustainable technologies for innovation in the silvo – agricultural area.
The challenges for the INIA in research and transfer issues are related with the need to provide knowledge and technologies which improve food safety and quality for the people and that, at the same time, help farmers improve the competitiveness of their products in a sustainable way.
This is also related with the strategic guidelines of the Agriculture Ministry concerning “Chile as a food power” and the greater issues that encompass the working areas: Livestock Systems, Crops, Fruticulture, Horticulture, Genetic Resources, Sustainability & Environment and Food
Therefore, the strategic aims of the institution are as follows:
- Generate knowledge in the scientific and technological areas that can be applied to the silvo-agricultural sector.
- Create innovative technologies in the silvo-agricultural industry.
- Transfer technological and scientific products developed and/or created by INIA.
- Contribute to the sustainability of the silvo – agricultural production by means of technological development and knowledge creation.