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Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development

The Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) movement is working to make agricultural research information and knowledge publicly accessible to all.Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) is a global movement working to make agricultural research information publicly available and more accessible.

The aim is to enable organisations that create or possess public agricultural knowledge to disseminate it more effectively. The CIARD partners coordinate their efforts, promote common formats for information sharing and exchange, and adopt open information systems approaches. Creating a global network of truly accessible outputs of research and innovation greatly increases the chance that they can be put to use, locally, nationally and globally.

CIARD's Objective is to collaboratively develop common standards, share knowledge, and contribute to effective and coherent institutional approaches in agricultural science and technology information."
CIARD has three priority areas:

Make Content Accessible

  • open content; open systems
  • common international standards

Develop Capacities

  • empowered individuals with awareness and skills
  • self-sufficient institutions with ownership

Advocate Better Investments

  • sound policies that enable easier access to information
  • coordinated approaches
  • evidence of benefits

The impact that public knowledge and research can have on agricultural and rural development and natural resources management is limited because most of these outputs are not easily or widely accessible. But this doesn't have to be the case partly because new information and communication technologies provide many opportunities for information to be handled and presented differently and more cheaply.

However, CIARD is not just about technology. It actually addresses the way that technologies are used. This includes building and improving information systems, empowering the institutions and people using them with a framework and a set of tools that open access to their content resources.
So, while we recognise that every institution has its own particular niche and set of clients, we're encouraging them to interconnect and work together in ways that complement each other. In this way, we're tackling the fundamental issues involved in making local, national, regional and global information systems available and accessible.