With 56 years of history, the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) is the research, development and innovation (R + D + i) institution linked to the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, a leader in sustainable agri-food development, creating value and proposing solutions technologies for the benefit of farmers, strategic partners, and society.
INIA was created on April 8, 1964 as a non-profit private law corporation by the Founding Members INDAP, CORFO, Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Concepción. Its legal personality was granted by Decree of the Ministry of Justice No. 1,093 of April 16, 1964, which was published in the copy of the Official Gazette No. 26,818 of that same day and year, being registered in No. 11,638 of the registry of legal persons of the Civil Registry Service of Chile.
INIA has a national presence through 10 Regional Research Centers, has an annual staff of approximately 1,000 workers, and participates actively and as a founding partner in at least 8 specialized technology centers. Likewise, it has a large network of international links in the field of R & D & i.
Since its foundation, the Institute has contributed to the sustainable development of national agriculture, through the creation of new and better varieties of fruit trees, annual crops and cereals that today lead in market share; the introduction and validation of species with productive potential, which are a relevant part of the national export offer; the rescue of native species and the enhancement of ingredients and bio-inputs. In addition, it contributes to the conservation of genetic and microbial resources as a heritage of humanity; the development of techniques for the control and management of pests and diseases of economic importance; the extension of technologies that favor the productivity of farmers and ranchers, improving their quality of life; and the adaptation of the agricultural sector to new climate change scenarios, including the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, among others.