The implementation and the training of the systems, by the project, is the basis for Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED).

This is a low-cost, easy to implement training approach for helping entrepreneurs and micro-business to plan and improve their businesses, without external trainers or resources. It is applied through a peer to peer, activity-based learning model, which will have been embedded by the project. It will use the Train-the Trainer model as a training approach.

This is a model used to describe training potential instructors or less experienced instructors, on the best ways to deliver training materials to others. The idea of train-the-trainer is essential to a strong overall training program, and the aim is not just to improve effectiveness, but also efficiency and productivity. The trainer, a subject-matter expert, trains other employees and simultaneously teaches them how to train others in the use of the program. A train the trainer process provides instruction, coaching and feedback to prepare those who deliver training, subject matter experts, supervisors in on-the-job setting.

At least 480 community members (mainly female) will be trained (20 per month over  a  3-year  period)  in  a  local  training  centre  (existing  CLCs  or  hosted  by  partners)  by  a  local  female community  manager,  on  how  to  operate,  maintain,  and  monitor the  aquaponics  system;  providing  the communities with food security and improved nutrition, and the possibility to create micro economic value.

The pyramid effect of the Train the Trainer model also means more people can be trained in much less time, and at a lower upfront cost. An additional benefit includes: “Permanent Skills Transfer” – With most training courses, there is little, or no follow-up carried out after the initial training. Unfortunately, this means that any improvements on the trainee’s part do not last very long. With no plan in place to support and encourage these new skills and habits, trainees often fail to fully implement their training. This nullifies the whole point of training in the first place.  This methodology ensure there is always a competent in-house trainer available to follow up with the trainee until the new skills become a habit. In this project one supervisor (train the Trainer) will be provided for each five-unit owners