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Accessing Food Security Group Publications


Downloading From the MSU Site

Any publication whose title is underlined in one of the FS III publications lists may be downloaded by clicking the underlined title. Most publications are provided in one of two formats:

  • PDF format, which can be read and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader software available free from the Adobe site. Note that PDF files prepared from scanned documents tend to be large and slow to download via modem. For papers in the MSU International Development Paper series, the size of each PDF file appears in parentheses after the title. Most of these papers are formatted for 8.5 x 11 paper. If you must print them on A4 paper, see these instructions.
  • PPT format, which can be read using the Microsoft PowerPoint software.

Downloading From Other Web Sites

  • MSU Department of Agricultural Economics Staff Papers and M.S. Plan B Papers: May be downloaded from the Ag Econ Search site maintained by the University of Minnesota. The site may be searched by author, title, or keyword.
  • Journal articles: The full text of journal articles, especially within the last 5-10 years, can often be downloaded without charge by those with paid subscriptions or authorized access, such as:
    • MSU faculty, staff, and students connecting to MSU Libraries Electronic Resources from campus or remotely using a proxy server;
    • Students and researchers in qualifying not-for-profit institutions in eligible developing countries, for whom free access can be arranged to some 400 scientific journals through AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture). (Requires registration through FAO.)

Ph.D. and M.S. Theses

Paper or microform copies may be ordered from UMI.

Ordering MSU Papers (Hard Copies) From USAID

MSU International Development Papers (IDP), International Development Working Papers (IDWP), and IDP Reprint Papers (RP) may be obtained through USAID's Center for Development Information and Evaluation (CDIE). This includes papers published before 1993 (IDP numbers 1-11, IDWP numbers 1-38, and RP numbers 1-31).

Where applicable, the CDIE reference numbers necessary to order the full document in paper or microfiche form from the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) are included with the citations. Send your request (by E-mail, Fax, Phone, or In-person) --with the correct CDIE reference number--directly to the DEC:

USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse
8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 210
Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Phone: 1-301-562-0641
Fax: 1-301-588-7787
Web Site:

If you cannot provide the CDIE reference number for the publication you wish to order, contact the USAID Library, who will supply you with the complete order information:

Telephone: 1-202-712-0579
Fax: 1-202-216-3515

Documents are provided to USAID employees without charge. Others are required to pay reproduction and mailing/handling costs. Current prices may be obtained by contacting the Document Distribution Unit ( or by searching the Development Experience System (DEXS) available through the DEC's web site A limited number of microfiche copies are provided without charge to LDC institutions.

Food Security III Cooperative Agreement between US Agency for International Development, EGAT/AG Bureau cooperating closely with Africa/SD Bureau, and MSU Department of Agricultural Economics.

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