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, CASCAPE works in five districts (woredas) and 21 sub-districts (kebeles).

The project has been designed to capacitate extension workers (or development agents) through networks of knowledge brokers and researchers to better assist farmers and define best-fit practices. On a woreda level, CASCAPE’s innovator teams guide DAs and subject matter specialists through the entire process of a demonstration trial of a new variety or technology. Feedback and lessons learned are recorded and taken as a base to further scale-up activities in other kebeles.