Macedonian public library service helps farmers apply for agricultural grants and subsidies

Public & University Library ‘Goce Delcev’ Stip, Macedonia: Technology training and agricultural information service for village communities

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TYPE:
Case Study
AUTHOR:
EIFL-PLIP
DATE:
February 2013
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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This library service led to a 20% increase in the number of farmers applying for agricultural production grants in 2012 in the municipalities of Stip and Karbinci in Eastern Macedonia. The library travels to villages that do not have libraries in an INFOBUS equipped with Wi-Fi internet, laptop computers and stocked with books and journals for farmers. In less than a year (2011/12), working with the government farm support agency, librarians organized 30 seminars attracting 357 participants; provided individual guidance for 145 farmers to apply for grants, and trained 42 farmers to use ICT.

The service was initiated with a grant from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in 2011. This two-page case study is based in impact assessment conducted by the library in 2012.