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
Moved from Group B to A in 2014
Moved from Group B to A in 2014