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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ambassadors, delegates from around 30 embassies, numerous staff from the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa, national and regional project coordinators of CASCAPE, heads of major stakeholders the likes of AGP and representatives from Regional Agriculture Bureau attended the field day and site visit event organized by HwU’s CASCAPE project at one of the five Project sites- MelgaWoreda (Guguma Kebele) of Sidama Zone.

The event which was held on 30 October 2014 was adorned by poster presentations on the activities of the HwU’s CASCAPE project by its coordinator Dr. Tesfaye Abebe, PhD, Vice President for Research & Technology Transfer and its assistant coordinator Dr. Tewodros Tefera. During the event, a welcome speech was addressed to the participants by the Worada Administrator. 
The delegation visited the project sites for malt-barley pilot-scaling, faba bean pre-scaling, sheep breed improvement, and cattle feed improvement (desho grass) guided by the farmers who are beneficiaries of the project activities. 
 During this high profile delegation site visit, the delegates from the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa told reporters that they witnessed the project has been achieving its purpose. They were happy to learn its success from the farmers themselves. A high delegate from the Embassy was hopeful that his government keeps funding such a life impacting endeavor and the possibility of seeing the second phase of the project is highly promising.
The report by the HwU’s CASCAPE project office indicated 1374 people as beneficiaries. CASCAPE is a national level project that works on ensuring sustainable agriculture by introducing technological innovations.