Developing a policy framework for agricultural extension systems in Tunisia
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Boubaker Dhehibi, Jutta Werner, Hloniphani Moyo. (18/9/2018). Developing a policy framework for agricultural extension systems in Tunisia. Beirut, Lebanon: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
In the face of declining natural resources linked to overutilization, population growth, and climate change, Tunisian national extension services need to review their priorities and reform their modes of service delivery. New extension approaches need to emerge locally, based on experimentation, learning, and adaptation to prevailing as well as evolving conditions. The discussions and interactions with key stakeholders involved in the extension information chain suggests that extension staff should receive appropriate training to carry out their duties. They also reveal that scarce resources can be used more effectively through partnerships with the private sector and use of information and communication technologies where appropriate. Finally, it is critical to note that monitoring and evaluating performance of extension service delivery based on stakeholder feedback is also crucial in ensuring that extension staff skills remain relevant to extension services end-user’s needs.