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WSIS Stocktaking

Success Stories 2013

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The Success Stories 2013 is a compilation of key projects implemented by WSIS Stakeholders. This publication aggregates several voluntary contributions from around the world that were collected during the year, and illustrates key lessons drawn from the management of these projects. By sharing these case studies, stakeholders are intending to facilitate transfer of knowledge, experiences and models for project implementation. Success Stories 2013 aim at encouraging the others to share their experiences from the WSIS implementation. The management of the challenges that have been overcome by a country can serve as a basis for other stakeholders facing similar situations and seeking for possible solutions. Even though some of the case studies included in this publication address very specific and country-oriented solutions, they can certainly be transposed and adapted to different contexts.

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Access to Information and Knowledge: AgroLib Ja (Agricultural Libraries in Jagodina) (Serbia)

The Republic of Serbia covers a surface area of 88 361 km2, of which 65 952 km2 are rural areas. Some 66.03 per cent of the country’s territory is agricultural land. Of this, apart from 40 per cent arable land, 21 per cent is covered by perennial crops and 28 per cent of the remaining land is under forests. The share of agriculture the in gross domestic product of rural areas is about 30 per cent, significantly higher than in other transition countries. Part of the explanation may be found in the valuable resources for agricultural production Serbia possesses. On the other hand, Serbia’s agricultural productivity and intensity are considerably below the European average. The reason for this is unfavourable living standard of farmers.

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