As a not-for-profit charitable organisation, we communicate and promote knowledge of food and health in order to stimulate global education, research, and vocational training for the future benefit of humanity.
We offer information to the following organisations, which share our commitment to improving knowledge in the developing world.
Research4Life runs four programmes, HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI, which all share the value of providing free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. IFIS is available through each of these programmes, as detailed below.
Working with major information providers, including IFIS, the AGORA program, led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), provides public institutions in developing countries with free access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences.
Through the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme set up by the World Health Organization (WHO), publishers, including IFIS, provide free access to thousands of biomedical and related social sciences journals, e-books, and other information resources, for the use of health workers and researchers in not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.
FSTA is now also available through Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE). The programme recognises that environmental research plays a critical role in international efforts to manage sustainability of the world's natural resources. Therefore, our involvement means that further access to primary scientific information will be available for researchers, educators and professionals within the environmental sciences in developing nations.
The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) programme is coordinated by WIPO together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries.IFIS joins over 100 other publishers, providing free access to the FSTA database for 121 developing countries and territories around the world.
IFIS are also part of ALPSP's 'Partnership Project' through our support of Polish Agricultural Universities, including the University of Life Sciences in Poznań, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, and Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. This initiative provides scholarly publishers in developing countries with the opportunity to be ALPSP members and receive one print copy of, and online access to, Learned Publishing at a specially reduced membership fee.