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 supporting the implementation of the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP) of the Ethiopian government.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was created in December 1946. Since then, it has worked with others to uphold every child’s right to protection, education, health care, shelter and good nutrition as laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In Ethiopia, UNICEF provided technical and financial support to the government to set up the National Nutrition Program (NNP) since 2008 to combat malnutrition, to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to scale up the implementation of the preventative Community-Based Nutrition (CBN) activities in the four largest regions in Ethiopia. 

The linkage between UNICEF and CASCAPE includes the following three pillars. First, best agricultural practices are strengthened and disseminated. Smallholder farmers are trained on planting techniques, home gardens and livestock to produce higher yields and generate a more diversified output. Secondly, specialists will provide appropriate services, including well-tailored education, to address specific, local malnutrition issues. Thirdly, in all of these steps, agriculture and nutrition project staff will actively collaborate and encourage communities to participate in health/nutrition activities organised at their local health posts.