Training the benificiaries
In September 2016, all beneficiaries of the Global Challenges Programme project “Sustainable integrated fish-vegetable production in Ethiopia” attended the Aquaponics trainings. The project aims at increasing nutrition security of rural households in Ethiopia.
Currently, all beneficiaries have attended the Aquaponics trainings organized at different locations. Beneficiaries have been encouraged to also bring household members to the training in order to involve them in running the aquaponics system in their garden.
Apart from learning the technical functioning and management of aquaponics, main emphasis has been put on learning how to run a business. The project beneficiaries indicated that especially marketing is something they wanted training on. At all locations, a marketing junior is present to aid the beneficiaries in the development of a marketing and business strategy. Beneficiaries are free to market their own produce, although some have indicated to do the marketing cooperatively to increase their chance of success.
TGS business & development initiatives has developed the training in close cooperation with local project staff to cater to the needs of the beneficiaries. All throughout the project short training sessions are integrated to counter problems that occur within the project.
See the Aquaponics Ethiopia website for more pictures: blog September 10, 2016