Japan News Release
13th July 2011
Japan Funds Water and Coffee Processing Projects
The Embassy of Japan in Uganda today signed three grant contracts worth 275,700 US Dollars equivalent of over 631M UGX with three organisations:(1) Ryeru sub county local government, (2) Elimination of Hard Core Poverty Foundation and (3) Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Society Ltd. The funds will be used forconstructing gravity water flow systemin Mushumba parish in Rubirizidistrict, constructing the gravity flow system in Butiru Sub-county in Manafwa district and a coffee processingbuilding as well as equipping it with coffee processing/ grinding/ packaging machines in Kasese district. The three projects will benefit 22,600 people in Rubirizi and Manafwa, and 5,000 farmers in Kasese.
The Japanese ambassador H.E. Kazuo Minagawaemphasized that women and children are the most affected by the problem of inaccessible water since the burden of collecting water falls directly upon them. He advised that the gravity water flow scheme needed ample technical support and community cooperation for good maintenance.He encouraged the coffee farmers to be the leading example for the marginalized farmers to become the entrepreneursin the area of export-oriented products.
Thedonations above are part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a scheme administered by the Japanese Embassy to support community-based development projects in Uganda. So far, a total of 147 such projects have benefitted from GGP since the Embassy initiated the scheme in 1992.
Japan, steadily promoting ownership of and partnership with African countries through Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, is committed to boosting economic growth, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and consolidation of peace and good governance in Africa.
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For more information, please contact: Ms. Yunia Kikome (Public Affairs Section) or Ms. Yuki Asaka(GGP Section), Embassy of Japan in Uganda, P. O. Box 23553, Kampala.
Tel: 041-4349542/3/4, 031-2261564/5/6