Access to relevant and current knowledge is central to ensuring the quality of training and research. However, research centers, academic institutions, publishers, governmental bodies, development programmes, international and national organizations from low-income countries have historically suffered from a lack of access to up-to-date scientific literature, essential for furthering studies, discovering evidence, sharing findings, teaching, practice, and public policy. 

AGORA, through Research4Life, provides access to up to 100,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences. More than 9,000 institutions in more than 120 low - and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online are benefiting from AGORA.

The staff and student of eligible institutons who may have access to the journals are: universities and colleges, research institutes, agricultural extension centers, government offices and libraries. International organizations are not eligible.  Eligibility depends on key factors related to the country's wealth and whether it is considered a Group A or Group B country.  Group A countries can access Research4Life content free of charge, while Group B (low-cost access) countries, areas or territories may access Research4Life for a cost of USD 1 500, per institution, per calendar year (from January through December). 

Partners include more than 150 world’s leading scientific publishers, WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale University Libraries, STM and other technical partners.

Most of the world’s leading scientific journal publishers participate in the programmes, and the total value of access to the five collections is estimated to be in excess of USD 30,000,000 per registered institution – a resource which had previously been confined mainly to institutions with the ability to pay.