The former President of the Republic of Ghana urges a focus on palm oil production as a means of creating food security in sub-Saharan countries. Farmers in these countries face high PHL and are in need of other means of generating income. South-East Asian countries have experienced a reduction in poverty levels and employment growth due to palm oil plantations. However, environmental NGOs and the World Bank are seeking to halt the conversion of forest land to plantations due to environmental sustainability concerns.
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