The subsistence farming model widely adopted in Africa has been unable to feed the growing population. The region's food imports are projected to double over the next 25 years. Growing high volumes of arable crops at low costs is the only solution to the world's food security problems.
Cash crops create jobs, attract foreign investment, boost exports and further development. Marginal land may often be best suited to commercial forestry or biofuel operations. By offering wage employment or involvement in outgrower schemes, smallholder livelihoods are improved.