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Enhancing E-inclusion of Farmers in Rural Public Libraries

Tool category
& type

Website and Social Media:

  • Other Website and Social Media
  • Keyword(s)

    Audiovisual & media, Capacity building, Innovation, Internet, Technology transfer


    The Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre (LRATC) developed of web-based distance learning system in 2011. The Klintaine Public Library launched a project entitled “Hand in Hand: Enhancing E-inclusion of Farmers in Rural Public Libraries” to produce webinar series on agriculture and rural entrepreneurship. The project involved rural libraries to better support farmers in their online learning.

    & RDP Region(s)


  • [LV] National Level
  • Main purpose

    The main idea behind the project was to encourage the e-inclusion of Latvian farmers, based on a new approach to improve farmers’ ICT skills and ability to survive in a challenging, rapidly changing social and economic environment where ICT plays an increasing role. The project aimed at creating a new innovative service for public libraries - online seminars/webinars - which provide constant support to farmers through electronic resources available anytime and anywhere.

    tools used

    Online portal

    Target audience

    EAFRD Beneficiaries:

  • Farmers

  • Rural Development Stakeholders:

  • Other Rural Development Stakeholders

  • General Audience:

  • Rural Population
  • Technical information

    A special webinar software, easily accessible via any web browser, was used to allow a large number of participants to join the online learning tool, to upload/download various types of materials and to interact with trainers. Participation in online training classes is ensured through VOIP (Voice-Over Internet Protocol). There is also the possibility to record seminars. All files are stored on the internet and made available to all users (CD/DVD/USB).

    Date produced



    Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre

    Distribution & Promotion

    Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, Latvian National Rural Network

    Assessment of effectiveness

    The Klintaine Public Library reached over 1,800 farmers through this project. Webinars are an efficient and cost-effective way of reaching rural communities while encouraging the Ministry of Agriculture and training agencies to introduce webinars as part of their online services. The project’s goal is to develop online training services based on professional knowledge and expertise that satisfy the learning needs of farmers.

    Name of organisation

    Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre

    Type of

    National Rural Network

    Partner organisation(s)

    Latvian National Rural Network


    Name of contact person

    Andrejs Briedis


    Rīgas iela 34, Ozolnieki, Ozolnieku pagasts, Ozolnieku novads, LV-3018


    +371 63050220