Yes, I agree, unfortunately that this is very common.
Studying the structures of international agri-business, and more generally Western capital relations with the "developing" world, with emphasis on the World Bank and IMF - can reveal much of the nature and status of the individual farmer in the global political economy.
The World Bank and IMF, first off, are not there to help people or relieve poverty. This is undeniably and absolutely false and laughable.
It always amazes me to see mainstream news report on the World Bank as an "aid agency" or that its mission is to "stop starvation and cure poverty" etc.
In the discipline of Political Science, and more specifically, Global Political Economy (GPE), it is NO secret that the World Bank and IMF are engines and tools of western finance capital whose real mission is to dominate the Third World through economic imperialism, capturing their economies for the benefit of American and European corporations and banks. This is literally mainstream academic discourse.
When studying specifically agriculture, there are dozens of examples of how World Bank and IMF Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) or conditionalities, blow out economies so that they can be completely consumed by western finance for pennies on the dollar. Former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz blew the whistle on the purposeful blowing out of the Argentine economy.
In the case of "food aid" - we see a cruel pattern, where genocide is down to a science, quite literally.
A country, (such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, etc), has a bad year for crop production, and very little rain. They fear potential for a famine, or some areas are already experiencing famine. The World Bank then comes to the "aid" of said nation, dumping cheap, genetically modified grain into the economy in such excess (which is produced through heavy subsidies in the United States), that it floods the market, becoming the primary commodity in said nation.
However, the availability and cheap price of this food "aid" makes local agriculture unable to compete. The result is that farmers have no income, farms fail - these countries, still largely rural based, lose their entire economic base, while companies like Monsanto then buy up all the agriculture within the nation. With no money, people cannot even afford the food aid - and then, actual famine erupts.
There have been several cases where countries receiving food aid literally dump it into the ocean while there is a famine going on.
Food aid, and aid in general is a cruel hoax.
A truly fascinating study in how the International Financial Institutions function is with Rwanda in the lead up to the genocide. The role played by the IMF and World Bank in Rwanda was absolutely imperative to leading to the outbreak of violence, and is completely ignored from our discourse on the subject - which primarily is based in racist and neo-imperial notions of "tribal rivalries", "ethnic conflicts" and "backwards, barbarian" people who need the west to "intervene" to protect them from themselves.
Intervention is the root of Africa's problems, not the solution.