Basic business training boosts community entrepreneurship

Basic business training boosts community entrepreneurship

Under the umbrella of a large sugar cane project in rural Swaziland, the Basic Business Training programme targets small entrepreneurs. The main objective is to increase entrepreneurship in rural communities; existing businesses as well as start-ups.

On the one hand the programme is directed  at non-farmer, income generating, small businesses. On the other hand at high school students. Their teachers pass on business skills they've learnt through a 'train the trainer' training.

This program is implemented by NGO Technoserve, and is part of a long-lasting partnership between the Government of Swaziland and the EU to improve competitiveness in the Swazi sugar sector. The EU funded a total of 118,6 million EUR for the implementation of the national strategy for the sugar sector, and for the national plan for agriculture investment.

Benefitting zone


  • Total cost (€)

    6 592 843.14

    EU contracted amount

    4 927 490.96


    November 2014 - November 2017

    Implementing organisation


    Funding instrument

    DCI - Restructuring of sugar production