CARINET and CGNET Join Forces

On June 1, 1988, CARINET and CGNET established a joint agreement to link their complementary capabilities for fast, low-cost information exchange.

CARINET is an inexpensive international computer communications network for business and development agencies. Members have direct access to its Messaging, Conference and Database services from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East— some 35 countries in all. Only the standard micro-computer/modem/telephone connections are needed to use the system.

CGNET is an international network specializing in agricultural research for developing countries. Like CARINET, CGNET is well represented throughout the developing world. It was founded in 1985 as an international communications network for the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) but has attracted many other scientific, university and private groups involved in all areas of international agricultural research.

By linking the more than 200 'mailboxes' on CGNET with CARINET’s many organizations working in agriculture (e.g. Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, Rodale Institute, Agricultural Cooperative Development International), researchers and development workers can now communicate electronically with thousands of people working in agricultural research worldwide. Both systems invite you to be part of an expanded network of research scientists, cooperatives, field projects, agricultural databases and consultants.

Because CARINET and CGNET are based on two different computer systems, EIES and Dialcom respectively, CARINET members must request a second identification number to access CGNET via Dialcom. Since CGNET also uses Telenet, there will be a minimum of new learning required. There will be a nominal charge of $5 for this additional CGNET number. CARINET users who begin to communicate with CGNET will also find Dialcom usage charges added to their monthly bills from CARINET. Similiar options are available for CGNET users to access the CARINET system.

For more information on these electronic computerized networks, please contact:

Noreene Janus
50 F Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001 USA
(202) 628-1813
EIES: Carinet 370


Richard Bilodeau
680 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301 USA
(415) 325-3061