The competitive advantage of velvet beans as an economic agricultural commodity. In the
past 40 years, although food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation persist, worldwide
farmers have made considerable progress in increasing per capita food production whilst better
understanding natural-resource management. Literature indicates that — in the decades to come
— food demand will both grow and change for three reasons, namely increased numbers of people,
increased income (people will have more purchasing power), and increased urbanisation (people
will be more likely to adopt new diets containing animal protein and cereal). The world population is
expected to increase to 8,9 billion by 2050, with 84% in the developing countries.