In June and May 2016, I involved in the training on community enterprise and business plan development for five partners of ActionAid, such as CHADA and MPC in Srae Ambil District, Koh Kong Province,  SAMAKY and CWDCC in Kampot Province, and RFCD in Krokor district, Pursat Province.  In total, ten training sessions were organized for the five NGOs mentioned above. There were about 20 participants in each training sessions, including fisherfolks, farmers, members and management committee members of agricultural cooperatives established and supported by the ActionAid’s partner NGOs.


The objective of the training was to train selected farmers on marketing and business skills. The training focused on how to market their agriculture and fisheries products, how to manage rural enterprise and agri-business plan development.


In the first day, the training focused on general concept related to community enterprise, followed by the training and preparation of business plan in the second and third day of the training. Below are the main training topics of the training:

  1. General concept of the agricultural cooperative (definition, principle and core value of the agricultural cooperative)
  2. Differences between charity and development – differences between the rich and the poor
  3. Barriers to become a businessman
  4. Definition of business
  5. Nine steps to start business
  6. Market competitor identification
  7. Advantages of business plan
  8. Presenting video clips of successful community enterprises
  9. product analysis
  10. three year plan
  11. Expense, income
  12. cashflow management
  13. SWOT analysis
  14. Risk analysis
  15. Market models
  16. Production cost analysis
  17. Management structures / Roles and Responsibilities
  18. etc.