FCOP has undertaken the development of a modern rice–production farm through the acquisition of small land holdings through purchase. This is done on purpose. Rather than accept a large government grant, which would save FCOP hundreds of thousands of dollars but produce bitterness, resentment and jealousy on the part of farmers who lived on the land.
The farmers working the land receive a fair price and observe the synergistic result of land assets being combined. Production can go from 2.5 tons per hectare per year to 30 tons per hectare per year. We have to first demonstrate the concept through purchase, then farmers can trust enough to put their land into cooperatives to reproduce the results.
What becomes of the farmers? Some of them are employed by the cooperative and others set up micro-enterprises like “aqua-ponics” to make income on their village residential land. Either way they enjoy new found unity and prosperity.