Communities of practice

PASIT establishes a comprehensive database of fruit and nut tree stakeholders of complementary interests from Chile, Tunisia and Germany. Stakeholder representatives can participate in and benefit from project activities and results and self-organize into communities of practice (see workshops and outreach).


PASIT maps the most recent physiological, genetic, environmental and climatic knowledge and understanding of fruit and tree dormancy in order to translate a conceptual tree dormancy model into a probabilistic-process based quantitative tree dormancy model.

PASIT collects and evaluates biophysical, socio-economic and demographic data from selected fruit and nut farming regions (including economic cost-benefit trade-off analyses) in support of developing adaptive solutions to current and potential climate change impacts on tree farming communities.

PASIT conducts comprehensive large-scale surveys of 800 selected individual farm households in Chile and Tunisia facing mild vs. severe climate impact in order to assess, evaluate and compare farmers’ risk and uncertainty perceptions and attitudes as well as their motivations to act on and adapt to actual and potential climate change impacts.

Focus group meetings

PASIT carries out participatory focus group meetings with selected stakeholder representatives and farmers in Chile and Tunisia to integrate their needs, ideas, knowledge and experience into the development of the biophysical, socio-economic and behavioural data collection instruments of the project.

Stakeholder workshops

PASIT shares the projects’ research outcomes and knowledge with stakeholders in Tunisia, Chile and Germany during participatory stakeholder meetings, in order to jointly generate smart, affordable and sustainable solutions and priority actions for fruit and nut growing communities and regions.

Best practice recommendations

PASIT integrates the project results into best practice recommendations – specifically targeted to decision / policy makers, the fruit and nut tree industry and the farming sector.


PASIT undertakes outreach activities with the projects’ communities of practice to

  • raise awareness and understanding of key project outcomes and narrow knowledge gaps
  • facilitate exchange of ideas and knowledge
  • encourage crossover innovation and cooperation between politics, science and technology, the farming sector and product development along the whole value chain
  • link basic research to application and policy making
  • promote public-private partnerships







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