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Who can participate?

Institutions wishing to use AGORA must register with FAO. Access to AGORA is password controlled, and upon successful completion of the registration process, your institution's library will receive a password that can be used by all students, faculty and/or staff at your institution. The AGORA Publisher Partners offer free access to relevant institutions in the Group A countries listed below and low cost access to the Group B countries.

The country lists are based on four factors: Total GNI (World Bank figures), GNI per capita (World Bank figures), United Nations Least Developed Country (LDCs) List and Human Development Index (HDI). See criteria. Individual publishers reserve the right to add to or delete from these country eligibility lists. Within these countries AGORA will benefit not-for-profit national academic, research or government institutions in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. Eligible institutions whose staff and students may have access to the journals are: universities and colleges; research institutes; agricultural extension centers, government offices and libraries.

If your institution is in a Group B (low-cost access) country, area, or territory, AGORA costs US$ 1500 per institution per calendar year (from January through December). All eligible institutions registering from Group B will receive a six month trial without payment. Registered institutions in Group B will be invoiced in due course by WHO (for FAO/R4L) for the $1500 fee for access during 2017. The income generated will be invested in local training initiatives. If your institution is in a Group B (low-cost access) country, area, or territory, and cannot or chooses not to pay the annual fee, the institution will still be eligible for free access to a small number of information resources.

Group A (free access)

Group B (low-cost access)

Afghanistan
Angola
Bangladesh
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Kenya
Kiribati
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Moldova
Rwanda
Samoa
São Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Republic of Tanzania
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Viet Nam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Albania
Algeria
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Cook Islands
Dominica
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Fiji
Gabon
Georgia
Grenada
Guyana
Iraq
Jamaica
Jordan
Kosovo (in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999))
Libya
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mongolia
Montenegro
Nauru
Nigeria
Niue
Pakistan
Palau
Paraguay
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Seychelles
Serbia
Sri Lanka
Suriname
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
West Bank and Gaza Strip 

This list of countries, areas, and territories is intended for use by the Research4Life partnership only. Given the specific nature of the design of this list which incorporates factors relevant to our public-private-partnership, we recommend that anyone seeking a list of countries fitting certain criteria should consult original United Nations, UNDP, and World Bank data.

How to Sign Up

To join, please have your librarian complete the online AGORA registration form. Only one registration is required per institution. After completing the registration process, we will send your institution a user name and password, a user agreement to sign regarding terms of use and instructions for getting started.

Free Access in Group B countries, areas and territories for some information resources

If your institution is in a Group B (low-cost access) country, area or territory and you cannot or choose not to pay the annual fee, your institution will still be eligible for free access to a certain number of information resources. See list. For AGORA, these are:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Medical Association
  • Berkeley Electronic Press
  • BioMed Central
  • BioOne
  • BMJ Publishing Group
  • Cambridge University Press
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • European Association of Science Editors
  • IFIS Publishing
  • IOS Press
  • Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
  • Lifescience Global
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • NRC Research Press
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Rockefeller University Press
  • Royal Society, The
  • Thomson Reuters Scientific
  • UFAW: The International Animal Welfare Science
  • UKSG: United Kingdom Serials Group
  • University of Chicago Press
  • University of Toronto Press