The World Bank just can’t wrap its steely head around the fact that there is no indigenous land in Africa, Asia, South and Central America or anywhere available for industrial agricultural investments. It is all commons land that belongs to communities that have lived there for centuries and millennia. Displacing these people from their ancestral land is like a death sentence to them and their cultures. These communities have plenty of farmers,men and women, who are more than capable of not only growing enough to feed their communities but also responding to market demand, including creating community owned commercial farms that would support both food security and rural poverty reduction.
Creating ways to get their produce to urban markets and food processing facilities is what the farmers need. They don’t need oil palm and sugar cane plantations from horizon to horizon where once there was life.