Mind the Gap: Improving Dissemination Strategies to Increase Technology Adoption by Smallholders

About Us

The project is about improving the adoption of innovative agricultural technologies for the livestock-barley system in semi-arid Tunisia (governorates Zaghouan and Kairouan). As its name tells, it is about shrinking the gap between the innovative technologies developed under research and the amount of adoption of such ones.

Period of Implementations

Apr 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2019

Total Budget

USD 1,340,536

Key Documents



The goals of this project are: to establish an impact-oriented agricultural services (governmental, private services and NGOs) , to upscale tested results (which will be described in the manual), to improve acess to relevant agricultural services especially for female farmers and eventually to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.


The objective is to address this research gap through developing and testing new and existing models of transferring sustainable technology packages to smallholder farmers.

Impact Pathway

The scientific interest of the present research proposal is to test new and existing models of technology transfer rigorously and to evaluate them (output 1) . The 700 female and male farmers participating in the experiments will receive specific improvements. Through the different combinations of improved access to inputs, technical information and or market information, according to the respective treatment group, the female and male farmers will be able to reduce their forage costs by improved forage yields and forage production technologies. Further, farmers will be able to increase their income by selling more and better quality lambs through improved sheep production and feeding technologies (Output 2) as well as by reducing their transaction costs through improved access to retailers and a market price information system (Outcome 1). This will lead to increased agricultural productivity within the group of the 700 participating farmers (Goal 4). However, the scientific interest goes far beyond these specific improvements for the farmers directly participating in the research. The aim is to compare adoption, productivity and income (as outcome variables) in order to evaluate the most cost-effective technology transfer options (Output 1). Based on this evaluation a strategy for the Tunisian government is developed on how to increase and facilitate the adoption of innovative agricultural technologies in a cost effective and gender sensitive way (Output2). Based on the results of the evaluation of the RCT experiment a manual, brochures and blogs are elaborated and published. The information of the policy manual will be published on the web as well as the similarity maps that will facilitate scaling to other WANA countries. The results of the RCTs are further published in peer-reviewed journals as well as in policy briefs and presented at conferences and workshops .The strategy developed, the web based manual and the publications will initiate a process of organizational learning and discussions within the CGIAR system, the NARES agencies, within the GIZ agricultural program, the GIZ innovation center and with other development stakeholders on how to organize technology transfer in a more cost-effective way (Outcome 1). Based on the organizational learning process agricultural services (governmental, private services and NGOs) will be able to apply more cost-efficient and results oriented technology transfer strategies (Goal 1). It is also expected to initiate other RCT experiments in other WANA and/or Sub-Saharan Africa countries to test other model components of innovative technologies in order to scale the results (Goal 2). The ultimate goals are to increase smallholder farmers' access to relevant agricultural services and to improve farmers' access (especially female farmers) to innovative technologies (Goal 3). This will increase agricultural productivity and make use of underutilized agricultural potentials (Goal 4) and lead to more stable and higher per capita income for intensifiable households for at least 56,000 indirect beneficiary households within the communities of arid and semi-arid Tunisia. However by scaling the results to the entire WANA region, even more female and male farmers can be reached (CRP 1.1, IDO 2).

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Where we work


Title: Short introduction video on Mind the Gap project

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2018-11-29

Title: Atelier de Formation FBS

Author: Abderrahim Ben Ayed

Date: 2018-09-30

Title: Statistics on Gender and Education in Tunisia

Author: Hala Khawam

Date: 2017-04-01

Title: Statistics on Animal Production in Tunisia

Author: Hala Khawam

Date: 2017-04-01

Title: Gender and Agricultural Extension: Why A Gender Focus Matters?

Author: Ileana Diaz

Date: 2017-12-10

Title: Baseline survey presentation Mind the Gap project

Author: Boubaker Dhehibi

Date: 2018-05-10

Title: Plan d’action opérationnel pour e transfert de technologie

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2016-10-20

Title: «Project brief» par activité liées au projet

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2016-11-13

Title: Mind the Gap Baseline Survey Template

Author: Lisa Straussberger

Date: 2017-01-01

Title: SMS with Extension Information Barley Livestock

Author: Jutta Werner

Date: 2017-09-30

Title: Report on BUS (entrepreneurial training)

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2018-06-13

Title: Report on cooperative training

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2018-06-13

Title: Protocol trainings - Mind the Gap project, Tunisia 2018

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2018-12-30

Title: CCSPS, a seed multiplying cooperative in Tunisia

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2017-12-10

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