INIA's international cooperation and linkage has been a fundamental activity since its creation. In each period of its institutional history, INIA has been adjusting its strategy and priorities regarding international cooperation.
In the current scenario where we have an increasingly globalized world, and where the advancement of basic sciences gives rise to new transversal technologies that apply to all sectors of the economy - including agriculture - and that emerge and disappear at a rate never before As seen above, it is essential that research institutions must be connected to a select network of national and international links so as not to be left behind in the face of scientific and technological progress that characterizes the current era.
In particular for Chile, which, due to its geography and climate, has a highly diversified agriculture, makes it practically impossible for an individual institution to efficiently assume the complexity of the problems facing agriculture and keep up with the technological advances that they appear daily in different parts of the world. Therefore, associativity at the national level and international ties and cooperation constitute a fundamental basis for the sustainability and prosperity of the Institute.
INIA's strategy at this stage is aimed at focusing international cooperation in three major areas: a) The link with neighboring countries and others in Latin America b) In large commercial blocs where Chile is a member, such as APEC and OECD. c) R&D organizations and universities that add high strategic value to INIA's action.
The link with Latin American countries has been carried out through the Cooperative Program for the Agrifood and Agroindustrial Technological Development of the Southern Cone - PROCISUR (www.procisur.org.uy) which includes the countries of the Southern Cone, and the Latin American Fund for Agricultural Research - FONTAGRO (www.fontagro.org). In both organizations, INIA integrates the Board of Directors, where associativity is promoted to undertake Research and Innovation projects jointly among the countries of the region. As a complement to these two regional cooperation mechanisms, INIA maintains several specific bilateral cooperation agreements, supported by AGCID *, with research institutions in Latin America.