Five public library services improve farmers’ lives

Public libraries are effective rural economic development partners, according to newly-released impact assessment results of five innovative public library services. The results, released by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), reflect outcomes of successful implementation of public library agricultural services in Europe and Latin America.

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The public libraries train farmers to use computers and the internet, and reach farmers with vital  agricultural information through diverse online channels – web-portals, webinars, social media, mobile phones – and through more traditional channels like radio, TV, lectures and events.

Impact assessment, conducted over a one-year period (2011/2012), shows how the public libraries helped farmers modernize their farming methods; fill in complex forms needed to access government grants; try alternative farming techniques, and access new market opportunities for their produce.

All five services won recognition from local government, and all are continuing with further support from government and/or non-governmental agencies. To read more about these innovative public libraries, click the links below:

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