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$4M Gates grant to extend ag knowledge in developing world

Researchers in developing countries will gain enhanced access to agricultural research literature and a previously unpublished trove of information, thanks to a $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The award was made to Cornell’s Albert R. Mann Library and the South African-based nongovernmental organization Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) to expand the reach of The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) in Africa and Asia.

TEEAL was founded in the early 1990s, on the belief that long-term improvements in food security and agricultural development would not be possible without giving scientists better access to current research. It is a searchable, offline, digital library available to public and nonprofit institutions in income-eligible countries.

Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.