Empowering Farmers to Connect and Share through Libraries

Increased agricultural productivity is key to boosting incomes and creating jobs in rural Serbia. And for farmers to increase their productivity, they need access to agricultural information and training, along with access to markets and financial opportunities. In Jagodina, a rural town in central Serbia, the local public library partnered with the farming community to develop the AgroLib-Ja project, which transformed local libraries into information hubs. The Jagodina Public Library has revitalized five rural libraries through the Beyond Access-supported Libraries for Development grant and close partnerships with the local city council and media outlets. Library staff have added agriculture-focused research materials to the library’s resources, hosted agricultural trainings, and implemented children’s education programs.