CASCAPE

 

Introduction

CASCAPE (CApacity building for SCaling up of evidence-based best practices in Agricultural Production in Ethiopia) project is a joint effort of Ethiopia and The Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia by strengthening the capacity of stakeholders in identifying, validating and disseminating best practices. The project is executed in close cooperation with the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP) of the Ethiopian government. The main values added to the AGP are validation of best practices, capacity building and system approaches of the CASCAPE project.

Best practices on multiple production factors (e.g. soil nutrients, water, genotypes and agronomic practices) are demonstrated at farm level and interactions between production factors are addressed. Results are integrated towards improved farming strategies for sustainable agricultural production. The action research conducted by the CASCAPE is complemented with strengthening linkages among stakeholders, through which results of the project is anchored into activities of the stakeholders and into the policy making process.

 Objectives

 • Analyse the conditions under which innovations are successfully implemented

• Introduce, test, validate and document innovations

• Support effective stakeholder and knowledge networks that contribute to sustainable uptake of innovations

 Consortium

CASCAPE project is jointly implemented by Ethiopian researchers based in six Ethiopian universities (Haramaya, Jimma, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Mekelle and Addis Ababa), and Dutch researchers from Wageningen UR. The project is financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands through the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.

 Approach

 The CASCAPE project has two guiding principles:

1) Farms are complex systems. Hence, Integrated Farm System Management (IFSM) approach is followed, where multiple aspects of farm management and interactions between farm activities are taken into account. 2) Uptake of innovations is enhanced through participatory research and capacity building of farmers and other stakeholders.

 Haramaya University CASCAPE

 CASCAPE East Oromia, based at Haramaya University, implements project innovations in five Woredas (Gurawa, Haramaya,Kombolcha, Metta and Habro) in East and West Hararghe Zones. Regionally, the project aims at capacity building of farmers and other stakeholders, validation of farmers’ best practices and technological innovations on the areas of crop and livestock production, natural resource management, and market and institutional linkages. The innovations are evaluated with respect to their productivity, profitability and sustainability.

The project team has identified and documented long list of farmers’ best practices, production constraints and opportunities in each project Woredas through PRA, scoping studies and platform reviews. Based on the results of these studies and review workshops conducted at regional and national levels, nine innovation themes were identified and being implemented. Hence, currently, different demonstration and evaluation trials, and pre-scaling and pilot scaling activities are conducted on 592 farmers’ fields. The project is also implementing income diversification and natural resource rehabilitation activities on 8 community groups with estimated direct beneficiaries of 587 farmers. Moreover, the project is currently supporting 6 MSc thesis researches of the university’s graduate students and four MSc studies (two from research institute and two from offices of agriculture).