The first agricultural revolution, also known as neolithic revolution, was the transition from people hunting and gathering for food, to domesticating plants and animals. It started around 10000 B.C. , when people began to cultivate plants and animals that lived naturally in their areas. For example south east asia cultivated rice, corn was cultivated in mexico, potatoes in the andes, wheat in the fertile crescent, and yams in west africa. This transition allowed people to settle down, build the first civilisations, and towns, instead of moving with the seasons to follow the growing patterns of plants and the migration of the animals they hunted. It also meant a continuous food supply that could support traders who helped create economies and a large population of people in case of drought or famine.