Saturday 26 July 2014

Library services

Who we are
We are an agricultural library under the Ministry of Agriculture based at ministry headquarters, Kilimo House, Nairobi, Kenya. The Library was set up in 1907 with the primary objective of accessing and disseminating relevant and timely agricultural information to users.
Current collection comprises 16,000 monographs. An Online database based on FAO WebAgris system is available. This database contains both metadata and links to full-text documents. It is our institutional e-repository available through Kilimo Library Online Database Link
Library computers give access to an ever expanding range of electronic resources including the Internet, and the Library Catalogue.
Access to most collections and facilities is available to all users Monday to Friday

Our Vision

To be a leader in the provision of agricultural information and integration of Information Communication Technology in information delivery in Kenya

Our Mission

To provide timely and relevant agricultural information in print and electronic form and promote excellent information resources and services to encourage collaborative, flexible and life long learning and research

Service Charter

This charter outlines the Services we provide and the standards of service we aim to achieve and which you can expect from us. It also tells you what to do if you would like our service to change or improve. Through this charter we are committed to providing you with a quality service.

Useful links

AGORA - Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture
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 1278 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.

OARE - Online Access to Research in the Environment
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research.
Over 1,300 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 100 low income countries. Research is provided in a wide range of disciplines, including Biology; Biotechnology, Genetics & Genetically Modified Species; Botany & Plant Biodiversity; Climatology, Climate Change & Meteorology; Ecology & Wildlife Conservation; Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental & Natural Resource Economics; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Law, Policy & Planning; Fish & Fisheries; Forests & Forestry; Geography, Population Studies & Migration; Geology & Earth Sciences; Natural Environmental Disasters; Oceanography & Marine Biology; Pollution & Environmental Toxicology; Satellite & Remote Sensing Technologies; Soil Sciences and Desertification; Waste Management; Water, Hydrology & Wetlands; and Zoology & Animal Biodiversity.


Anancy, the CTA Virtual Resource Center is a web portal providing numerous information resource materials on agricultural and rural development. It compiles the Centre technical publications, proceedings, policy briefs or rural radio materials.

IMARK - Information Management Resource Kit

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of agricultural information. IMARK consists of a suite of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management.
IMARK learning materials are being developed as a series of modules available online and on CD-ROM. The modules are being developed using the latest methods in e-learning, providing an interactive environment for self-paced learning.
Becoming an IMARK learner is easy. Browse through the module list to view the course offerings and then register to take a module. Anyone having problems with Internet access can order a CD version of the available modules.

FARA - Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

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.

KAINet - Kenya Agricultural Information Network

Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet) is an information network set up to promote information exchange among stakeholders in the agricultural sector in order to support decision making, promote innovation in agriculture and subsequently improve livelihoods. It aims to modernize and increase productivity of the agricultural sector.
The network was established with financial support from the Department of International Development (DFID) through Food and Agriculture organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and has been implemented through collaboration between the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in East and Central Africa (ASARECA, CAB International and KARI. The KAINet is currently hosted by KARI. Its initial participating institutions are universities, research institutions, and Government ministries represented by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). More institutions are expected join the network when KAINet is rolled out.

WAICENT - World Agricultural Information Centre

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations established the World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) to foster the management and dissemination of agricultural information in an effort to fight hunger and achieve food security. WAICENT is FAO's strategic programme for improving access to documents, statistics, maps, and multimedia resources.
WAICENT is a website that aims to build the capacities of those who work to eliminate hunger by providing:
Full-text publications and technical documents available through the internet on agriculture, fisheries, nutrition and forestry (specific subjects include trends in trade, country-specific information, food safety and deforestation, among others);Codes of conduct, interactive tools for use at the national level, and early warning and disaster prevention systems;Data, including maps and charts, obtained through the FAO online statistical databases, containing over one million time-series records, covering international statistics in the area of agricultural production, trade indices, food supply, land and food aid; and Other multimedia resources available on the FAO Web site, including mapping systems, web applications for the collection of "metadata" (information about information), and templates for the creation of electronic documents, search engines, and harvesting data.
This information is organised and linked to facilitate user access. A point of entry is the WAICENT Information Finder, an online search tool that allows the user to navigate through the site according to several criteria.


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