Five public library services improve farmers’ lives

Public libraries are effective rural economic development partners, according to newly-released impact assessment results of five innovative public library services.

The results, released by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), reflect outcomes of successful implementation of four public library agricultural services in Europe and one in Latin America.

The public libraries train farmers to use computers and the internet, and reach farmers with vital  agricultural information through diverse online channels – web-portals, webinars, social media, mobile phones – and through more traditional channels like radio, TV, lectures and events.  Impact assessment, conducted over a one-year period (2011 – 2012), shows how the libraries helped farmers modernize their farming methods; fill in complex forms needed to access European Union and government grants; try alternative farming techniques, and access new market opportunities for their produce

To read more about these innovative public libraries, click the links below:

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

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