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Agriculture OER Repositories

The following list is not comprehensive but indicative of some of the existing Agriculture OER repositories. Although we endeavour to ensure that all URLs posted on this site are active, in the case of external websites, this may not always be within our control. Where a URL is not active, please do try again, and if the situation persists, kindly advise the OER Africa website administrator and we shall update or remove the link from this site.

Name Description
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.

AgEcon Search

AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including:

  • Working papers
  • Conference papers
  • Journal articles

There are 68 subject headings, which run the full gamut of agricultural economics and agribusiness.

The Economics Network The Economics Network, which is a major resource of materials relevant to
economics education, maintains pages relevant to the teaching of agricultural
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) The CGIAR centers have published a number of resources, all of them OER. For example, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) has developed course modules on hybridization techniques in the faba bean and the chickpea, on experimental design and data analysis, and on biological nitrogen fixation, to name a few. The World Agroforestry Center has also developed modules. You must register to participate in some courses, but it is free of charge.
Global Agricultural Research Archive  The Global Agricultural Research Archive, is a new initiative that aims to archive agricultural knowledge on behalf of developing countries around the world.This pilot database currently contains over 2,700 full text records from their institutional partners in Malawi, Pakistan and the Philippines and from the 2008 IAALD conference on agricultural information and IT.
Foodnet Foodnet was launched in 1999 as an ASARECA post-harvest and market research network for East and Central Africa and implemented by The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). It focuses primarily on agricultural
value-chain analyses, market studies, market and marketing information services, agro-collective enterprise development, and related business development support services in order to link agricultural producers, who are mainly smallholders, to markets. On the FoodNet website, users will find market
information and studies; reports and trend analyses; and information on agro-enterprises.
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) FARA is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, an umbrella organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa. FARA complements the innovative activities of national, international and sub-regional research institutions to deliver more responsive and effective services to its stakeholders. It plays advocacy and coordination roles for agricultural research for development, while the national agricultural research systems (NARSs), advanced research institutions (ARIs) and international agricultural research centers (IARCs) develop improved technologies along the research-to-development continuum in their respective countries and coverage areas.
MIT Open Courseware in Economics The MIT OCW page in economics provides links to courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in both micro and macroeconomics.
Regional Agricultural Trade Network (RATIN) The Regional Agricultural Trade Network (RATIN) was developed to help reduce regional food insecurity by strengthening the ability of markets to provide access to affordable food to poor households and to improve food availability through the provision of adequate incentives to producers. To achieve this goal RATIN provides regional trade analyses for maize, beans and rice by using information from a variety of sources, including ministries of agriculture and other government offices, international agencies, etc. The RATIN website provides full-text access to wholesale prices in East Africa, bulletins, production data, etc.
Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development The Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, which is a joint initiative of Egerton University and the Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, conducts research and analysis on
policy relevant primarily to Kenyan agriculture, rural development, natural resources, and the environment. The Institute aims at addressing micro and
macroeconomic policy issues bearing on farming, transportation, processing, marketing, and trade of agricultural products and inputs; sustainability of agricultural systems and natural resources as well as the environment; and commercialization, income growth and food security. The full text of many working papers can be found on the site.
 African African Crops. Net, which is an arm of AGRA, is a website on the improvement of African crops and seed systems. It is a wealth of general information and links—on funding, research and training programs; relevant networks; scientific search engines; and databases, such as the AGRA Crops Variety Database. African Crops.Net publishes a weekly online newsletter called the African Crops and Seed Systems News Service. Research publications on the site include reports by scientists associated with the AGRA network and a very useful database of research abstracts, subdivided by crop and subject area.
Arid Lands Information Service (ARIN)  ALIN is a network of community development workers. Over 2,000 grassroots organizations, government departments and other organizations are ALIN members. ALIN works directly with local communities in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania in order to learn from their experiences and to share with them useful drylands farming methods and technologies developed elsewhere.
The Rice Knowledge (RKB) The Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) is the world’s leading repository of extension and training materials related to cereal and cereal production. The RKB was launched in January 2008 and is managed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) as a service to people working to improve the well-being of poor cereal farmers and consumers.
FARM-Africa FARM-Africa is a UK NGO that provides training and support to rural communities to help them identify and implement appropriate solutions to many of the key problems they face. Families are directly supported to help work themselves out of poverty through improved ways to manage their crops, livestock, forests and access to water. The FARM-Africa website links to its research documents, training documents, and other materials. There is also a sampling of short videos.
National Agricultural Advisory Services The Uganda National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) is a decentralized, farmer owned and private sector serviced extension system. The NAADS works directly with farmers on a range of issues, including the empowerment of farmers—to enable them to enable them to demand and effectively
control the delivery of services. NAADS publications include agricultural marketing fact sheets, the CTA practical guide series, performance assessments, poverty and gender fact sheets,technical manuals, and much more., the Network for Sustainable Agriculture, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, attitudes, and working practices of farmers through the promotion of sustainable agriculture practices. is an Internet based series of courses aiming to support farmers and their communities through the sharing of knowledge and positive experiences, and bringing stakeholders together via partnership and constructive dialogue. The key components of cover three key areas:

  • Responsible Pesticide Use,
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and
  • Integrated Soil Fertility Management.
Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)

ASARECA’s primary goal is to facilitate market-oriented agricultural research in eastern and central Africa that will impact on income generation. Its secondary goal is to serve as a forum for the discussion of strategies and ideas pertaining to agricultural research and its relationship to agricultural development in the sub-region. The ASARECA website includes considerable documentation on its own activities and on its research.

African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) The Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) was established in January 2009 to develop a practical, timely, and cost-effective soil health surveillance service to map soil conditions, set a baseline for monitoring changes, and provide options for improved soil and land management. Because knowledge about the condition and trend of African soils is highly fragmented and dated, AfSIS believes there is an
urgent need for accurate, up-to-date, and spatially referenced soil information to support agriculture in Africa. This coincides with developments in technologies that allow for accurate collection of soil properties.
World Soil Information Database The World Soil Information Database (ISRIC), which is maintained at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, is a collection of more than 20,000 full text articles, country reports, books, and maps with an emphasis on developing countries. The focus is primarily soils, but related geographic information on climate, geology, geomorphology, vegetation, land use, and land suitability is also included. The map collection contains over 6,000, mainly small-scale maps.
World Soil Resources The World Soil Resources Office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil Survey Division is dedicated to collaborating with institutions to help manage and conserve natural resources, improve their abilities to attain sustainable agriculture, and enhance their capabilities to address problems of food security, income generation, and the environment. The site encourages and promotes the free exchange of natural resource data for the continued evolution of soils knowledge for sustainable uses and management of this life supporting resource. Resources include learning material, maps, technical references and organizations.
Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 1900 journals to institutions in 107 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world.


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