The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is a Public Research Organisation (OPI) exclusively dedicated to agrifood and forestry research. INIA's mission, in coordination with the equivalent institutions of the Autonomous Regions, is to satisfy the new demands on agricultural, livestock and forestry production, mitigate the effects of global change and contribute to food safety and the fight against hunger, through research and innovation. During 2021, INIA was formally integrated under the umbrella of the CSIC (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
) and is now referred to as INIA-CSIC. CSIC is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress.
INIA-CSIC, 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 new challenges of the agrifood sector.
INIA-CSIC 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). It is particularly focused on emerging, re-emerging and transboundary infectious diseases of livestock causing economical and sanitary impact, including zoonosis and resistance to antimicrobials. CISA-INIA is Reference Laboratory for African swine fever in the EU and 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-CSIC directs all its activities towards the continued and sustainable progress of the agricultural and food technology sectors, where international collaboration has an important role. The expertise of INIA-CSIC in the field of animal production and health can provide a useful contribution to promote a sustainable and competitive livestock sector in Europe.