The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects


Enabling sustainable fishing in Sri Lanka's Jaffna District through business introducing marine farming

Activity grant

Project Description

Introduce and operate marine farming business that meets local needs in Jaffna District in the heart of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, aiming to diversify the local fishing industry and stabilize the income of fishermen. Parallel with this, impart knowledge to fishermen by conducting workshops on conservation of marine resources for them to learn how to have a sustainable fishing industry. Also, conduct sessions and print leaflets to inform Sri Lankans involved with the fishing industry of the results of this work over the past three years.

Grant year
FY2013 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2013 - September 2016
Grant amount
10,000,000 yen
Activity region
Jaffna District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
Inspecting a recently-launched private seaweed farm with experts

Overview of the Organization

Reiko Inoue, Representative Director
Reiko Inoue, Representative Director
Estalishment purpose
Established with the aim of contributing to the resolution of conflict, poverty and environmental problems through helping each other in 'interpeople cooperation' for people living all around the world to surmount ethnic and national barriers. Conducts activities primarily in interpeople cooperation and fair trade.
Activity areas
Sri Lanka, East Timor, Malaysia, Miaygi Prefecture's Ishinomaki City
Number of staff
13 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff members, 62 full members
Annual operating budget
167.1 million yen in 2011, 182.07 million yen in 2012, 176 million yen (estimate) in 2013
WEB site
Collaborating organizations
NAQDA (National Aquaculture Development Authority), NARA (National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency), University of Jaffna
Recent activities
  • In East Timor, supporting coffee production, supporting higher incomes for women, and supporting agricultural rotation through animal husbandry and beekeeping.
  • In Sri Lanka, supporting the rebulding of communities in the north, and conducting the organic conversion of small-scale tea farming in the south.
  • In Malaysia, conducting mangrove forest planting business.
  • In Japan, in Kitakami-cho, Ishinomaki City supporting agriculture and the food industry through supplying temporary staff for managing a co-op farm, and helping revive the fishing industry through management support for the producer-direct center.