The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

AICA (Asia International Cooperation Agency)

Supporting sustainable agriculture methods and environmental education in Cambodia's Kandal Province - aiming to create a environmental model area focused on an international ecological village center

Activity grant

Project Description

Cooperation between developed and developing countries is crucial in order to solve the global issues affecting both. However, while developed countries focus on environmental issues, developing countries need to prioritize their own developmental issues and this difference in information and needs makes solving global problems difficult. Cambodia has seen remarkable development in recent years and ACIA aims to aid efforts countering the effects of climate change by raising environmental awareness in both developed and developing countries through this project, which mutually benefits both development and the environment.

Grant year
FY2013 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
October 2013 - September 2015
Grant amount
4,237,000 yen
Activity region
Kandal Province, Cambodia
Training representatives from all the villages in the project, who in turn will teach these skills to families facing poverty in their respective areas

Overview of the Organization

Reiko Shirakawa, President
Reiko Shirakawa, President
Establishment purpose
ACIA was established with the aim of contributing to a peaceful, fair society and improving the quality of life in developing countries through international cooperative activities such as providing environmental education and assisting development in rural villages, conducting research, and promoting fair trade.
ACIA representatives who have experience contributing to projects that meet the needs of people in Cambodia by solving environmental issues and creating sustainable societies also work to share their results and support methods widely.
Main areas of activity
Kandal, Kampong Speu, and Kampong Chhnang Provinces, Cambodia; Japan
1 full-time staff member, 10 part-time staff members, 32 full members
Annual operating budget
2.99 million yen in 2011, 2.41 million yen in 2012
Recent activities
  • Teaching sustainable agriculture techniques and environmental education to families in extreme poverty (640 households)
  • Raising awareness of the importance of education in families in extreme poverty (640 households)
  • International exchange activities (Study tours, farm homestays)
  • Project Based Learning (practical experience in managing Cambodian initiatives for Japanese university students)
  • Education on the environment and international understanding in Japan (using solar cookers)
  • Producing materials and holding photo exhibitions to raise awareness in Japan