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.

Hereby, Alterra of Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR) works closely with six Ethiopian universities (Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) to improve local production measures for smallholder farmers.

In Ethiopia the roles of sectors have been quite strict, where universities stand for education, Regional Agricultural Research Institutes (RARIs) for research and extension for extension. This has changed over the past years. Now all universities offer 'outreach' or so-called community services that impact on community level and include citizens in defining issues and finding solutions.

The CASCAPE project even goes a step further: working both with universities and farmers on research, implementation and extension - the complete chain from research to scaling up. In one way, this may seem to be outside the mandate of the universities, however this can be achieved through the collaboration with the Bureau of Agriculture.