The project also includes formation of ECOs, or farmer co-operatives. In Vietnam, most of the farms are very small in size. In order to switch crops, it involes an investment that an individual cannot afford to make. CECI promotes farmers working together in order to be able to buy inputs in bulk in order to decrease costs. Farmers are also able to sell together.
I had the chance to see the tea leaves that the ECOs have successfully produced since the project's founding in 1999. I think they are selling well. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to buy one for a souvenier. That would have been nice. :)
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