Capturing agricultural knowledge for future development and research
Why have we developed GARA?
Concern about food security and climate change is at an all time high and it is widely accepted that the most vulnerable communities in the tropical of the developing world will be hit hardest. There is much that we already know at local and national levels that could immediately improve yields and reduce losses if effectively dissimated and implemented. However, in developing countries, much of the information is not readily accessible in a format that allows it to be shared within countries, let alone across regions.
CABI is helping solve this problem by creating a network of agricultural information for the world’s researchers to share through our GARA initiative.
- For developing countries this will mean local knowledge will become preserved for future local use information sharing across borders agricultural knowledge can become integrated into the burgeoning knowledge economy similarly to that of developed countries
Access to the digitally archived knowledge will:
- – Strengthen teaching and research
- – Strengthen extension services and the knowledge of farmers
- – Provide a higher profile of this knowledge to the global community
- – Bring prestige and recognition of expertise and contribution to the global knowledge base
- – Lead to better agricultural research policies
- – Release the knowledge from the past
- – Provide baseline information on issues such as loss of biodiversity, climate change, food security, traditional food crops and indigenous breeds
- – Increase citation of researchers and academics based in developing countries
- – Reduce duplication of search effort
- – Impact positively on the whole national agricultural system and particularly on farmer livelihoods
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The developing nations providing agriculture literature at present are:
- – Malawi – 633 full text articles
- – Pakistan – 1362 full text articles
- – The Philippines – 643 full text articles
The proceedings of the 2008 IAALD conference on agricultural information and IT and 325 full text articles from RUFORUM are also available.
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