The Istituto Agronomico per L'Oltremare (IAO) is a technical-scientific branch of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working to fight world poverty and hunger. The Institute is involved in Development Cooperation initiatives on integrated rural development, environmental and natural resources management, fight against desertification and food security.
IAO, in close consultation with the Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS), has developed an extensive network of contacts and collaborations with Developing Countries organizations and institutions, national and international governmental and non governmental organizations, research organisations in Italy and abroad. Its staff has gained a wide technical, scientific and cultural experience in the International Cooperation field and is constantly updating its work according to emerging needs and global changes.
The Istituto Agronomico per l'Oltremare plays an important role in the Italian development co-operation, working mainly with the Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo - Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It identifies, designs and implements development projects in the agricultural environmental and rural development sectors on behalf of the ministry and other Italian and International donors.
The Institute directly finances small experimentation and research programmes with specific themes, in co-operation with institutes and Developing Countries.
IAO experts are in a position to offer consultancy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Agencies, NGOs and Italian Regions.
The Institute also offers Master's Degrees in Geomatics and Natural Resources Evaluation and Irrigation Problems in Developing Countires.
Staff at Istituto Agronomico per l'Oltremare (IAO) have experience in