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Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a program to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Launched in October 2003, AGORA will provide access to more than 3000 journals from the world's leading academic publishers.

Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the goal of AGORA is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries, and in turn, to improve food security. Through AGORA, researchers, policy-makers, educators, students, technical workers and extension specialists have access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the Internet.

AGORA is one of the programmes that make up Research4Life, a collective name for four public private partnerships which seek to help achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing the developing world with access to critical scientific research: AGORA, HINARI, OARE and ARDI. Since 2002, the four Research4Life programmes have given people at more than 6000 institutions in over 100 countries and territories in the developing world free or low cost access to more than 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers. The Research4Life programme is a public-private partnership between WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell and Yale Universities, technology partners such as Microsoft and more than 190 science publishers facilitated by the International Association of STM Publishers. The partnership’s goal is to reduce the gap in scientific knowledge between industrialized countries and the developing world.

AGORA Journal Collection

Blackwell Publishing, CABI Publishing, Elsevier, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Springer-Verlag, and John Wiley & Sons are the founding publishers of AGORA, providing access to over 400 of their journals. Currently 82 publishers contribute journal content to AGORA.

For more information about joining as an AGORA publisher partner, contact us at agora AT fao.org.

Who can participate?

Institutions wishing to use AGORA must register with FAO. Access to AGORA is password controlled, and upon successful completion of the registration process, your institution's library will receive a password that can be used by all students, faculty and/or staff at your institution.

The AGORA Publisher Partners offer free access to relevant institutions in the Group A countries listed below and low cost access to the Group B countries. The country lists are based on four factors: Total GNI (World Bank figures), GNI per capita (World Bank figures), United Nations Least Developed Country (LDCs) List and Human Development Index (HDI). For details, see eligibility page. Individual publishers reserve the right to add to or delete from these country eligibility lists. If your institution is in a Group B (low-cost access) country, area, or territory, AGORA costs US$ 1000 per institution per calendar year (from January through December). All eligible institutions registering from Group B will receive a six month trial without payment.

Registered institutions will be invoiced in due course by FAO for the $1000 fee for access during 2014. The income generated will be invested in local training initiatives.

Within these countries AGORA will benefit not-for-profit national academic, research or government institutions in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. Eligible institutions whose staff and students may have access to the journals are: universities and colleges; research institutes; agricultural extension centers, government offices and libraries.

Eligible Group A countries 2014


A
Afghanistan
Angola

 

B
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Burundi
 
C
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
 
D
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
 
E
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
 
G
Gambia
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
 
H
Haiti
Honduras
I
Iraq 1
 
K
Kenya
Kiribati
Kyrgyzstan
 
L
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lesotho
Liberia
 
M
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
 
N
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
 
P
Papua New Guinea
 
R
Rwanda
S
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Swaziland
 
T
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Tuvalu
 
 
U
Uganda
United Republic of Tanzania
Uzbekistan
 
V
Vanuatu
Viet Nam
 
Y
Yemen
 
Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe

1 Moved from Group B to A in 2014

 

 

Eligible Group B countries 2014


A
Albania
Algeria
Armenia
 
B
Belize
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Botswana
 
C
Cook Islands 4
 
D
Dominica
Dominican Republic
 
E
Ecuador
El Salvador
 
F
Fiji
G
Gabon
Georgia
Grenada
Guyana 2
 
J
Jamaica
Jordan
 
K
Kosovo
 
M
Maldives 2
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia (Federated States of)2
Mongolia2
Montenegro
 
N
Nauru
Niue 4
 
P
Palau
Paraguay
Peru
 
R
Republic of Moldova 2
 
S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Seychelles
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Syrian Arab Republic 2
 
T
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
 
U
Ukraine
 
W
West Bank and Gaza Strip 2



1 Moved from Group B to A in 2014
2 Moved from Group A to B in 2014
4 Newly eligible in 2014

 



Technical Requirements

Participating institutions will need computers connected to the Internet with a connection of 56k baud rate or higher. The system is designed to work with Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher, Netscape version 6 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or higher; however we recommend you use the most recent browser versions available for the best experience and for safer browsing. Users will also need a recent version of Adobe Acrobat viewer for the journal articles in PDF format.

How to Sign Up

To join, please have your librarian complete the online AGORA registration form. Only one registration is required per institution. After completing the registration process, we will send your institution a user name and password, a user agreement to sign regarding terms of use and instructions for getting started.

Other Initiatives

If your institution is not eligible for access to journals through AGORA, you may be eligible for other journal access initiatives.

© FAO, 2014