AGORA platform discovered by Instituto Nicaraguense de Tecnologia Agropecuaria

Upon request of the National Technical Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries (INTA) in Nicaragua, the AGORA team of the FAO of the UN in collaboration with FAO Nicaragua, organized (5 February 2018) a four-hour online training for the INTA team at the central level and their remotely connected colleagues from the six regions !


Knowledge sharing on how to use of the AGORA platform, to be able to access the digital library collection covering food, agriculture, environmental sciences and related social sciences

In total 38 staff members of the of the INTA participated to jointly discover the AGORA platform and collection for the first time. At the central level 15 colleagues followed the training together on a big screen, while at the same time practicing on their laptops. 

The training was composed of four basic modules:

1. An introduction to AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) and Research4Life

2. How to connect to the platform and navigate AGORA,

3. How to define a search and how to search for full-text articles on the topic of your choice.

Towards the end of the training, exercises were shared with the participants and - based on the problems they encountered - questions and answers were provided.

AGORA in Numbers 

February 2018 :


Registered institutions:  more than 3,400

  • Journals: up to 6,000     
  • Books: up to 22,000
  • Other info resources: up to 40 

Total resources: up to 27,000

80,000+ Online Resources available through Research4life

As for many institutions registered with Research4Life and AGORA, accessing the wealth of scientific resources online is a great step forward to improved access to the most recent research and more variety of research materials.

INTA staff members - who immediately dove in starting to search for materials directly relevant for the work they are doing at this moment - have now strengthened their skills to better use the resources available in AGORA.

The AGORA Team at the FAO will ensure follow up through the AGORA helpdesk for the participants who might have further questions while using the AGORA portal to work on their scientific research projects.

Is your institution interested to benefit from an online training session to introduce AGORA or to further explore it?  Write us at [email protected] !

To stay in the loop of more AGORA news, follow us and the Research4Life programme on Twitter @Agora_R4L and  @R4LPartnership

AGORA : Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

The goal of AGORA as one of the five Research4Life programmes is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scientific research in the area of agriculture. 

AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world. AGORA is one of the five programmes that make up Research4LifeAGORAHINARIOAREARDI and Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI, fifth Research4Life programme will be launched 6 March 2018).

If your institution is not yet registered to Research4Life and is part of the (*) eligible countries, access can be granted by following the instructions provided in the registration form.

Any public institution in the list of eligible countries can join this programme and benefit from up to date information that can be accessed by just logging into the database.

NOTE:  Since the new authentication system is on - AGORA also gained some institutions originally registered for other R4L programmes that now have access to AGORA. 

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The AIMS Team at FAO of the UN offers a number of other e-learning programs in terms of Capacity Development.  Later in the year of 2018, some courses will be repeated and we will announce the calls for applications through AIMS web site as well as AGORA website. Please watch these spaces for upcoming events.


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