Tunisian Female Farmers Drive Ag. Technology Adoption  

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ICARDA is grateful to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and to the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock (Livestock CRP) for funding this research. ICARDA would also like to recognize its partners the Institution de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur Agricoles (IRESA), the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) de Tunisie, the Agence de la Vulgarisation et de la Formation Agricoles (AVFA), the Office de l’Elevage et des Pâturages (OEP), and the University of Goettingen in Germany. 


Enrolling women farmers in specifically designed training significantly increases the overall adoption of agricultural innovations, ICARDA scientists have demonstrated in a recent paper published in Experimental Agriculture.

Out of the four agricultural extension approaches tested, the two that resulted in the highest levels of technology adoption by small farmers in Tunisia featured a female empowerment module.

The scientists designed this experiment to collect evidence on how to reduce the gap in Tunisia regarding access to technology and innovation between small and wealthier landholders, with an additional focus on women farmers – typically in charge of livestock rearing and health.

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