Thinking Big? Think Again. Niche products yield outsized rewards for midsize and large companies.

Fall 2017

It’s human nature to think big. Within the crop protection industry, most companies aspire to reach a big, wide universe with each of their products. This explains why the word “niche” is often used dismissively or, at best, is associated with small, entrepreneurial companies entering the market with a specialized product or service that has … Continue reading Thinking Big? Think Again. Niche products yield outsized rewards for midsize and large companies.

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Crop Protection Manufacturers Can Boost Financial Results through Inventory Turns

Fall 2017

Refining business operations can help manufacturers of crop protection products dig up what might be called buried treasure, increasing profits without generating a response from competitors. Taking steps to uncover that treasure—by improving inventory turns—can improve not only the company’s balance sheet, but also its profit and loss statement. A Context Network® benchmarking study of … Continue reading Crop Protection Manufacturers Can Boost Financial Results through Inventory Turns

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The Context Network Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

Fall 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Context Network®. Founded in 1992, Context has steadfastly focused on advancing food and agribusiness industries across an ever-changing global value chain. The firm, which now brings together a team of hundreds of full time and contract experts, has expanded from a single office in Iowa to a … Continue reading The Context Network Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

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Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment in Ag Tech Grow Despite Headwinds

Summer 2017

Despite economic headwinds, private equity and venture capital investors are showing a continued interest in agricultural technology opportunities, particularly in biotechnology. The number of ag tech deals looks promising this year after increasing once again in 2016. CrunchBase statistics show that more than three times as much money went into ag tech investments in early … Continue reading Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment in Ag Tech Grow Despite Headwinds

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Rare Plants Partnership Unlocks Nutritional Value of Forgotten Plants: First field trials underway in Morocco

Summer 2017

In the clay soil of a creek bed in the arid foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountain range, a little-known wild species of oats is thriving, as it has for centuries. While some of the region’s native mammalian species have long since gone extinct, Avena magna, a native, protein-rich ancestor of oats has survived. And now, with … Continue reading Rare Plants Partnership Unlocks Nutritional Value of Forgotten Plants: First field trials underway in Morocco

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Changing Buying Patterns in Ag Equipment

Summer 2017

With net farm income expected to fall 8.7% in 2017[i] marking the fourth straight year of decline, producers have significantly changed their equipment buying habits. In the past, it was common for large tractors and combines to be traded in after one or two years old, which worked well in an up market because first … Continue reading Changing Buying Patterns in Ag Equipment

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Context Global Development™ and partners launch a bold initiative to transform the yam seed system in Nigeria and Ghana

Spring 2017

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (February 6, 2017) Context Global Development™ (CGD) and partners have launched a new program aimed at transforming the formal yam seed system in Nigeria and Ghana to enable smallholder farmers access to affordable, high quality seed yam tubers. The program, second phase of Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security … Continue reading Context Global Development™ and partners launch a bold initiative to transform the yam seed system in Nigeria and Ghana

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Competing in the Indian Seed Market: Key considerations for success in a challenging business and regulatory environment

Fall 2016

In just six years, India is expected to officially surpass China as the world’s most populous country. Combined with rising incomes, food demand is set to skyrocket. Experts estimate that India’s food production must double by 2050 to meet demand. Unlike some other developing countries, India does not currently allow the cultivation of genetically modified … Continue reading Competing in the Indian Seed Market: Key considerations for success in a challenging business and regulatory environment

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Optimizing a Portfolio: In Integration, or When Others are Integrating

Fall 2016

Optimizing a portfolio, particularly amidst downsizing distractions, is one of those things that is incredibly easy “not to do”. Inertia would have you leave it alone. Your sales team likes every product they sell, and likes having the ability to offer those products. But there comes a point where overloaded, cumbersome portfolios are actually limiting … Continue reading Optimizing a Portfolio: In Integration, or When Others are Integrating

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Partnering to Unlock the Potential of Nigeria’s Cassava Value Chain

Fall 2016

Context Global Development™ partners with Nigeria’s largest HQCF processor to establish an on-farm, commercial cassava seed multiplication system Context Global Development™ (CGD) formed a partnership with Nigeria’s largest High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) processor, Flour Mills of Nigeria, to establish an innovative and commercially viable cassava stem business model that will serve high quality cassava … Continue reading Partnering to Unlock the Potential of Nigeria’s Cassava Value Chain

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