Hello David, nice to see some positive response and I like the direction this is heading.
On point 1 (having people on ground): There are two positives I have to offer here. First, I am a local and have spent most of my life in Nigeria. I have traveled to the different regions, either for school, work, or business. So, I am on ground to get things started if this is something we are looking to pursue.
Secondly, I am also a farmer (engineer turned farmer, haha) and have been nursing the idea of pushing something along these lines. At the moment, my focus is on snails and fish - production, processing, and snails. On the sideline, I have some crops and fruits that I produce solely for home consumption. So, this is familiar territory. You can checkout what I am doing on Instagram (@rabsnveggies).
Like I already said above, I am a local and a farmer. With a few persons from the DAO, we should be able to get things going.
While purchasing 30 acres like in the case of Wyoming may seem nice. I propose a smaller amount for a pilot project. Could be 5 or 10. This way, we’d also lower the cost of things like clearing and security the propoerty.
About purchasing an acre and offering someone a stipend to farm on it. Here’s a better idea in my opinion. We don’t need to pay a stipend. We can have someone farm the plot and take a percentage of the produce at the end of the day. This will serve as payment. That’s what’s largely obtainable here. I have a few properties my self, in addition to my currently running farm, and people farm on them.
The idea of providing food at a discount or for free to the local community is amazing. But we need to generate revenue. May not be so much, but should be enough to pay salaries and cover the investment over a few years. To build rapport with the host community, we can give a small percentage to key leaders at the end of the harvest season. This is mainly how things work here.
I am already running my farm on a small scale and seeing positive returns. My farm setup cost about $21k for half an acre. This includes the cost of building an office and staff quarters, fencing the entire property, installing irrigation, and all that. Needless to say, my farm is in the city and just a few minutes away from my residential property. We can get something a lot cheaper in more remote areas.
Finally, I am currently the lead writer for DAO Times (I know you’ve been reading our articles) and Masternode Buzz. I’ve been a ghost writer for a number of other major crypto sites and companies too.