The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Terra Renaissance (NPO)

"Farm miel" project, aiming to establish ecologically symbiotic industries for the promotion of forest conservation through collaboration between industry, academia and citizens

Activity grant

Project Description

Unexploded ordnance to this day impact people in the province of Xieng Khuan in Laos, which fell victim to a series of bombings during the Vietnam War. Impoverished residents in the province have been practicing slash-and-burn agriculture, which has caused deforestation. For this reason, creating a stable source of revenue without exacerbating deforestation has been a top priority for the province. This project aims to establish beekeeping as an industry. Our organization, industry, universities, local agriculture and forestry agencies will collaborate to promote the permeation and education of beekeeping, as well as disseminating know-how on commercialization and establishing a framework that allows residents to independently operate sustainable businesses. [No. K17-0012]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2017 Activity Grants
Grant term
Two years (From October 2017 to September 2019)
Grant amount
10 million yen
Activity region
Phonekham, Muang Xieng Khouang, Laos
Villagers from Phonekham receiving training in beekeeping technique

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Tai Esumi
Project organization
Terra Renaissance (NPO)
Administrative Director: Ogawa Shingo
Establishment Purpose
Realizing world piece=Realizing a society where all life can live with piece of mind
Recent Activities
Mr. Ogawa regularly gives lectures in Japan and also gives policy advice at events. Outside of Japan, he has taken part in assisting victims of internal conflicts in Uganda, Congo and Burundi, the removal of unexploded ordnance including cluster bombs in countries, such as Cambodia and Laos, the redevelopment of villages contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance and support of victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Number of Full-time employees: 8 (The Japanese staff), 29 (The local staff in foreign countries) / Number of Part timers: 6 / Number of Members: 1,705 (organizations)
WEB site
Voice of Representative
We wish to develop traditional beekeeping techniques for villagers in areas affected by unexploded ordnance in Laos to protect the forests as well as the traditional culture, ensuring villagers live a sustainable life while avoiding the danger of unexploded ordnance.