Japan finances projects in Yemen [Archives:2005/851/Local News]

June 16 2005

The Government of Japan has decided to extend grants amounting up to US$ 107,678 to two projects in Yemen under the Japanese scheme called “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects”, which aims at supporting small-scale and community-based projects in basic human needs including health care basic education and public welfare in the developing countries.

The first project, which receives a grant amounting to US$89,050, will be implemented by al-Mahrah Agriculture and Irrigation Office for improving methods of packing and storing dates, reducing the use of insecticides in current dates storage and training farmers on clean and healthy packing methods.

The project, which receives a grant amounting to US$18,628, will be implemented by Utmah Protected Area Association in Dhamar Governorate.

The project will address the need for environmental conservation and sustainable development by encouraging reforestation and beekeeping as a means to alleviate poverty and increase vegetation coverage in the area.

Mr. Yuichi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to Yemen, signed the agreements to this effect in Sana'a with Eng. Khalid Mohammad al-Haj, General Manager of Mahrah Agriculture and Irrigation Office and Mr. Ali Salah Chairperson of Utmah Protected Area Association.

During this Japanese fiscal year (April 2005- March 2006) , three projects including the above-mentioned two, have been financed in Yemen so far by the direct supervision of the Japanese Scheme.

It is noteworthy that 15 projects were financed in Yemen by the Japanese Government under the scheme during the last Japanese fiscal year.

In addition, the Embassy of Japan invites as many Yemeni NGOs as possible to submit their draft projects to be implemented under the scheme.