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This is the forum for the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) http://www.fao.org/agora/

AGORA is a global partnership and programme which provides free or low cost online access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to more than 100 lower income countries. AGORA is coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), on behalf of its many public and private partners.

The goal is to support the effective use of agricultural research, education and training by academics, students, practitioners, and government personnel with access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the Internet.

Since 2002, the initiative supports research conducted in lower income countries by providing free or low-cost online access to a rich set of online scientific publications, including subscription-based and open access information resources, in topical areas supporting the improvement of quality of life.

AGORA is one of the four programmes in Research4Life, the collective name for four public private partnerships — Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI - that provide online access to peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases in several languages. The Research4Life programmes are a public-private partnership between WHO, FAO, UNEP, Cornell and Yale Universities, technology partners such as Microsoft and more than 190 science publishers facilitated by the International Association of STM Publishers.