The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Helping Hands and Hearts Japan (NPO)

Strengthening regional resource circulation systems and the capacity of areas affected by large-scale typhoons to adapt to climate change through agroforestry and afforestation

Activity grant

Project Description

The agroforestry and afforestation efforts promoted by this project aim to strengthen the resource circulation systems and climate change adaptability of the coconut farmers and local environment in the Municipality of Palo, in the northeastern Filipino province of Leyte, which was severely damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. The proposed agroforestry and afforestation efforts are for the organic cultivation of various kinds of fruits and vegetables, the planting of timber trees, the raising of chickens and pigs, the implementation of agricultural technical support for typhoon-stricken coconut farmers inhabiting as many as 300 households, and the strengthening of sales and production capabilities alongside local aid organizations. It is expected that these efforts will lead to a strengthening of the resource circulation systems in the target area, as well as the conservation of biodiversity, an improvement in the livelihood of the residents, and heightened preparation for future crises (which constitutes a strengthened capacity to adapt to climate change). [No. K19-0014]

Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund FY2019 Activity Grants List (PDF 470KB)

Resource Circulation
Grant year
FY2019 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years (April 2020 - March 2022)
Grant amount
Activity region
The Philippines
A delivery of seedlings cultivated for use by agroforestry-converted farmers

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Naoteru Honda
Project organization
Helping Hands and Hearts Japan (NPO)
Chairman: Naoteru Honda
Establishment Purpose
With the mission of "achieving multicultural coexistence," Helping Hands and Hearts Japan aims to reduce poverty in developing countries and promote international understanding. HHAHJ strives for the establishment of a symbiotic civil society through the development of new public communities that are created by citizens' own pioneering activities, as well as for the participatory management of these communities based on a voluntary spirit centered on citizen awareness and responsibility.
Recent Activities
  • In order to strengthen the ability of local farmers to adapt to climate change, HHAHJ is engaged in reconstructive support initiatives that seek to transform the work of coconut farmers in northern Leyte with agroforestry.
  • HHAHJ conducts volunteer-led Japanese language classes for foreigners with the aim of contributing to multicultural coexistence.
  • HHAHJ also conducts courses on foreign environments and cultures with the aim of considering sustainable ways of living.
Number of Full-time employees: 2 / Number of Part timers: 3 / Number of Members: 300
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Voice of Representative
We are aiming to increase the income of farming families by spreading agroforestry and afforestation at local levels, strengthening the adaptability of local farmers in a sustainable manner. We hope these efforts will serve as a model case for deployment in regions that are subject to a high risk of natural disasters due to climate change, and that they will lead to heightened resilience in those regions.