AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) is one of the four programmes making up Research4Life (R4L) facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. AGORA's goal is to provide free or low cost access (complementary to open access) to peer-reviewed journals (to date: 9.020) and e-books (to date: 22.793) in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.
R4L provides a big share of peer-reviewed contents for free to institutions in group A countries and for a small fee to group B countries.
By bringing key scientific literature to students, researchers and scientists, AGORA portal has "become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries [as] access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security" (R4L Press Release).
The most noticeable development in AGORA's usage context - during the last months - has been the upward growth of the number of institutions registered with AGORA/R4L programme.
In particular, during the month of April 2017, 36 AGORA requests were processed. We got 17 new institutions - from the Group A countries (12 Myanmar and 1 from Cameroon, Guatemala, Ghana, Sudan and Nepal) and 4 new institutions - from Group B (3 from Pakistan and 1 from Argentina).
Thus, the total of registered institutions at 30 of April 2017 is 3147 (2445 group A and 702 group B).
More about AGORA:
- Focus on Agora: Following Growth Trends In Usage And Contents (AIMS)
- Access to research in the developing world (Research4Life brochure)
- Literature Research on Nutrition - Browsing AGORA (AIMS@Webinar)
- Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) (AIMS@Webinar)