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INASP Rural Development
Most of the world's poorest people still live in rural areas. As part of its mission to enable worldwide access to agricultural information and knowledge, INASP seeks to improve information exchange and collaboration among organisations and institutions working on agricultural and rural development issues.
INASP acts as an enabler and broker, connecting worldwide information and expertise and seeking to enhance the capacities of people and organisations in developing countries to themselves access and contribute information, ideas and knowledge necessary for sustainable and equitable rural development.
Accessing Information - who is doing what?
To foster cooperation and networking among likeminded bodies and individuals, INASP maintains a database of organisations and networks (450+) active in agricultural and rural development in developing countries. A profile of each organisation gives contact details, a brief description of the organisation, highlighting its objectives, activities, subject areas of interest and geographical coverage, and details on its information and networking activities. This information is continually updated and published online. It can also be purchased as a printed Directory and on CD ROM.
Publishing Information - disseminating local knowledge
INASP supports the efforts of local organisations to publish and disseminate their information. See the activities within the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI), and
African Journal OnLine (AJOL) - many of the participating titles are of direct relevance to agriculture and rural development. Additionally, INASP organises and supports training workshops, courses and study tours for various types of information and communication managers in the sector - see our
Print versions of both manuals can be purchased, click here for details.
Networking - promoting dialogue and collaboration
Putting people in contact with information is already a very important step. Putting people and organisations into contact with others like them is an equally valuable way to promote access to information in this area.
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