A study by the FAO and World Bank states that 400 million hectares of arable land in Guinea Savannah, a region that extends from Senegal to South Africa, could be used by several African nations to become major players in the global bulk commodity market.

The book, "Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant - Prospects for Commercial Agriculture in the Guinea Savannah Zone and Beyond," investigates the area's potential and says that only 10% of the land is currently under cultivation.