The Spanish National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is an autonomous Public Research Organisation (OPI), presently assigned to the State Secretariat of Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Its unique mandate entails a dual responsibility. As coordinator of the national network of agriculture and food research centres is responsible for the harmonization, resource allocation, monitoring and evaluation of scientific and technical research activities under the Deputy Directorate General of Prospective and Program Coordination, and as an agriculture and food research institution, is responsible for the execution of its own research and technology projects (including technology transfer) under the Deputy Directorate General of Research and Technology (SGIT).
INIA, in its task of coordination and foresight, covers all the areas and disciplines concerning livestock production, in close collaboration with the relevant socioeconomic sectors and with equivalent institutions in the Autonomous Regions. INIA's lines of research are directed towards addressing the economic and social demands and the new challenges of the agrifood sector.
INIA carries out its research responsibilities in its various Centres and Departments (including Forest Research Centre, (CIFOR), the Animal Health Research Centre (CISA), and the Plant Genetic Resources Centre (CRF), as well as at the Departments of Biotechnology, Environment, Animal Breeding, Plant Protection, Animal Reproduction and Food Technology). In relation to animal health and zoonosis, CISA-INIA (Animal Health Research Centre) is a centre for research and surveillance in the prevention, diagnosis and control of transmissible diseases under conditions of biosecurity and biocontainment (BSL3). INIA-CISA is Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever in the EU and also for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It has been designated during 2015 as Reference Centre in Biosafety for FAO.
INIA in the Animal Task Force
INIA represents the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness at international research organizations in the area of agricultural and food research. All the activities of INIA are directed towards its contribution to the continued and sustainable progress of the agricultural and food technology sectors, where international collaboration has an important role. The expertise of INIA in the field of animal production and health, can provide a useful contribution to promote a sustainable and competitive livestock sector in Europe.
Deputy Directorate General of Prospective and Program Coordination
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