The Bilateral Ethiopia Netherlands Effort for Food Income and Trade (BENEFIT) partnership is a portfolio of four programmes (ISSD Ethiopia, CASCAPE, ENTAG, SBN and REALISE), which is funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands through its Embassy in Addis Ababa. REALISE is a new BENEFIT programme so as to take the achievements of CASCAPE (Capacity building for Scaling up of evidence-based best Practices in Agricultural Production’ (CASCAPE) programme and the ‘Integrated Seed Sector Development’ (ISSD) Ethiopia programme to new areas and target groups in Ethiopia.REALISE: ‘Realising Sustainable Agricultural Livelihood Security in Ethiopia’ which is starting from January 2018.
REALISE is a three - year programme that will align with the Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE) Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP).This GoE flagship programme currently reaches 8 million chronically food insecure Ethiopians with a wide array of instruments to smooth consumption, prevent asset depletion and promote livelihood diversification including uptake of improved agricultural practices. REALISE aims to take lessons learned from the Wageningen University & Research CASCAPE and ISSD Ethiopia programmes to PSNP target woredas.
The programme is working on ten selected PSNP wordas in west Amhara national regional state under Bahir Dar University Cluster. Among the selected ten wordas under the cluster, three of them are found in East Gojjam zone (Goncha siso Ensie, Shebel berenta and Enbsie sarmider), five of them are found in South Gondar zone (Tach gayint, Simada, Libo kemekem, Ebinat, and Lay gayint), one of them is found in Central Gondar zone (Wogera woreda) and the remain one woreda is also found in North Gondar zone (Dabat woreda). Among the targeted 10 woredas of Bahir Dar University BENEFIR-REALISE cluster, two woreds are research woreds and eight woreds are scaling woredas.