CASCAPE stands for ‘Capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production in Ethiopia’. Initiated by Ethiopia and the Netherlands, the project started in 2011 and is implemented in line with the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP) of the Ethiopian government.

In Amhara region, there are two colleges near the Bureau of Agriculture (BoA), where development agents (DAs) receive training on site selection, plot design as well as trial layout.

On district (woreda) level, Farmers Training Centres (FTCs) are set up close to the offices of the DAs. During demonstration trials, a member of CASCAPE’s innovator teams (ITs) hands out data sheets to the DAs in order to use it as a guide for the effective implementation and follow-up of the trial. Across Ethiopia, over 10,000 FTCs have been established. All DAs have their own field of expertise, but they are also asked to cover topics such as crop variety selection, efficient fertilizer management, compost preparation, and water harvesting.