Fundación CIEPE is Venezuela’s State Research Center for Experimental Agro-industrial Production and aims to increase agricultural production in Venezuela and improve the country’s food security. CIEPE was inaugurated in 1973 and formally established the following year. In accordance with CIEPE’s aims the institution seeks to resolve the agricultural issues in Venezuela by focusing mainly on technological research and staff training. The technological aspects of Venezuela’s agriculture that the institute examines are the preparation and processing of all agricultural goods before they are distributed. In relation to food security, the institute seeks improve Venezuelan sovereignty through research, increased monitoring and an emphasis on innovation, a system which they believe will in turn, secure Venezuela’s agricultural goods. CIEPE also focuses on quality control through analytical services and reviews which are based on international and national standards. The institute also supports Venezuela’s economy as it looks to international sources for funding, which will allow them to operate at a greater capacity with better technological services and thus boost Venezuela’s economy and the global food economy.