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. The project has four objectives including the identification of bottlenecks and drivers for change, the collection of evidence-based information, the coordination of scaling-up if sustainable best practices are available as well as the capacity building of all stakeholders.

In order to achieve these, a multi-disciplinary approach is followed. CASCAPE’s innovator teams (IT) form the core of the project providing expertise in the following disciplines: soil science, animal nutrition, agronomy, rural development and extension, natural resource management and forestry, agricultural economics, forage agronomy and nutrition and gender. The ITs are based at the respective universities and interact closely with them as well as the Regional Agricultural Research Centres (RARIs), development agents (DAs) and the farmers.