Agriculture, Libraries and Human Development: Case Studies of Europe, Africa and Latin America

Paper discussing implementation and impact of innovative public library information services for farmers 

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Article
AUTHOR:
LIPEIKAITE, Ugne; OYARZUN, Gonzalo
DATE:
June 2013
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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There are vast stores of useful information for farmers on the internet, about new farming methods; grants and subsidies; care of livestock, market prices, the weather, and more. Farmers in developing countries need information, but often lack computer and internet access, e-literacy skills or reading and writing skills. This article examines innovative public library services for farmers initiated with support from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). It highlights the importance of training librarians to build farmers' computer and e-literacy skills, and to support them in using digital technology. 

The paper was presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Singapore, 2013. Click the button on the left to read the paper; click here to read the PowerPoint presentation.