A look at Malaysia's 'smart villages'
26 September 2012 Last updated at 00:18 BST
Malaysia is currently constructing environmentally sustainable villages to tackle rural proverty, using simple farming methods.
Jennifer Pak has been to visit one modern farm that grows a range of crops as well as efficiently farming chicken and fish - all thanks to plastic pots which have a "smart valve" to regulate water and nutrients.
The houses in the village are also quick and cheap, because they are built using Styrofoam.