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. Research is an integral part of the project, and connections are made between universities, research centres and the extension staff. The project has so far been implemented in 25 out of 92 districts (woredas).

The AGP is largely implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and focuses on increased productivity and market access for farming households. Its main objectives are the upscaling of best practices, increased irrigation and improved rural infrastructure. The CASCAPE project follows a bottom-up approach. Solutions are developed together with the farmers to generate local relevance and sound techniques to tackle productivity.