Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Groundnut is second only to soybean in economic importance among the food legumes. Annual world production averages 35 million tons cultivated on over 25 million hectares. Cultivation, processing and trade in groundnut products impact directly on the socio-economic development of a large number of developing and least developed countries.
As a basic food crop they play a central role with respect to poverty reduction and food security; their local value addition through processing to oil, food products and animal feedstock is essential for the development of national industrial fabric and the increase in the value of national exports.