THE Japanese Government has signed a $420,429 grant to aid three projects in the country.
The projects are the compost centre for the Suva City Council, a women's empowerment project with HART, and a water supply project by Habitat for Humanity.
This was made possible through the Japanese Government's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Program.
Japan's ambassador Eiichi Oshima said the projects were important to Fiji.
"Upgrading of the compost centre at the Suva City Council is a very important aspect of environmental conservation. The project for empowerment of single mothers and their children is anticipated to provide the inspiration and means for income generation. Habitat for Humanity will be constructing new water supply systems in villages in Kadavu, Beqa and Motoriki islands this year," Mr Oshima revealed.
The ambassador said he believed the projects were models for human security because they recognised that education, women's empowerment, sanitation and water supply were some of the most important elements supporting the initiative.