A crop grown for export rather than for local consumption. Common cash crops include coffee, cocoa, bananas, peanuts, tea, cotton and rubber. Cash crops can be a major cause of hunger and food insecurity locally; they often take up the best farmlands, leaving poor farmers to work marginal lands.
growing crops for commercial sale instead of for local consumption - usually refers to crops grown for export ie. cotton, sugar, coffee, cocoa, tobacco etc.