Effective research for development depends on the ability to access relevant information and convert this information into useful knowledge. In the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) region researchers face considerable constraints accessing and exchanging information, threatening to undermine efforts related to food security, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. For national agricultural research centers, libraries and managers of large projects, traditional methods of information exchange are no longer adequate and the cost of adequate tools and platforms is prohibitive in many developing countries.
ICARDA has developed a joint initiative with partners in Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan and Syria, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to address the information and knowledge management constraints that regional researchers and their organizations face. The Regional Agricultural Information Network (RAIN-WANA) provides a fully integrated and sustainable information management platform open to use by all. RAIN-WANA is also cost-effective and can be accessed and expanded at a fraction of the costs charged by professional library systems.
RAIN-WANA brings national agricutural research center, projetcs and libraries a significant opportunity to better organize their information and to link with others in a regional network that shares public information related to agricultural research.