Wild Thing – Resilience Through Rich Oats

Fall 2018

             Context Global Development (CGD) is partnering with General Mills to develop a community-led initiative to bring a protein- and nutrient-rich oat to traditional oat-consuming communities in Morocco, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.   In the wild, Avena magna has a mind of its own. This 100,000-year-old Moroccan oat, discovered in the 1960s, … Continue reading Wild Thing – Resilience Through Rich Oats

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Gene Editing: How Will European Ruling Impact This Potent Game Changer in the U.S.?

Fall 2018

Gaining Consumer Support Remains Key A July ruling in European Union courts signals a setback to proponents of gene-edited crops. While most scientists argued that crops using new gene-editing technologies should be exempt from restrictions previously imposed on trans gene genetically modified crops, this argument did not prevail in the EU. Regulatory freedom to operate … Continue reading Gene Editing: How Will European Ruling Impact This Potent Game Changer in the U.S.?

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Building The Business Case For Custom Planting

Fall 2018

Embracing technology does not come easily to all farmers, and Ed Kasper sees a business opportunity in that reality. Kasper, a farmer and precision ag equipment dealer in northern Illinois, is preparing to offer custom planting services in his area. He figures he can share the benefits of new planter technology with farmers who aren’t ready … Continue reading Building The Business Case For Custom Planting

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The Context Network Invests in Women in Agribusiness

Fall 2018

The Context Network is pleased to announce its commitment as a diamond sponsor of the Women in Agribusiness Summit on September 24-26 in Denver, Colorado. Sometimes three minutes is all you need. Priyamvadha “Priya” Sivakumar made the most of her three minutes when she met Context Principal Asha Lundal in passing at the Women in … Continue reading The Context Network Invests in Women in Agribusiness

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The Future Face of Service

Summer 2018

Farmers have long relied on trusted service providers to advise them on equipment, crop inputs, accounting, and more. The concept of “great service” is intertwined with the familiar face of an agronomist or local tractor dealer, a warm handshake, and a conversation in the field or across a desk. While the need for trustworthy service isn’t … Continue reading The Future Face of Service

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What We’re Reading

Summer 2018

Jason Nickerson, Senior Program Manager Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century Nigeria is the largest country in Africa (by population and GDP), whose citizens speak more than 520 languages and have lived through eight political coups since the country’s 1960 independence. When I first traveled to Nigeria and experienced the sociopolitical nuance and … Continue reading What We’re Reading

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Yams – West Africa’s Corner on the Market

Summer 2018

COMMODITY REPORT: Yam yields in Nigeria and Ghana are low, largely because the quality of seed yams sourced from the informal seed system is poor and disease pressure is high. A project funded by a multi-year grant to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to strengthen … Continue reading Yams – West Africa’s Corner on the Market

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Agribusiness Consulting Proves Right Fit for Outscaling Technology and Grant Management

Summer 2018

TEAM PERSPECTIVE:   Agricultural development donors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation expect from grantees rigorous reporting and accountability to ensure proper allocation of funds. Context Global Development (CGD) works closely with grantees and integr ates into multi-partner programs to coordinate activities that achieve targeted outcomes.  From left to right: CGD Senior Program Manager Jason … Continue reading Agribusiness Consulting Proves Right Fit for Outscaling Technology and Grant Management

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Breaking the Bottlenecks in High-quality Seed Systems

Summer 2018

In 2014, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau of Food Security partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and other international donors to leverage significant seed system changes by breaking the bottlenecks in early generation seed (EGS) and other forms of quality seed in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through this program’s lead … Continue reading Breaking the Bottlenecks in High-quality Seed Systems

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Farming on the Edge: Smallholders in Africa’s Sahel

Summer 2018

FARMER PERSPECTIVE: Getting his shoes dusty helped open Joe Funk’s eyes to the realities of Africa’s Sahel region. As a writer documenting Context Global Development’s (CGD) work in evaluating agricultural development programs, it was Funk’s first time on the ground in the region. “I had read and written about Africa’s low-income, small-scale farmers,” he said, … Continue reading Farming on the Edge: Smallholders in Africa’s Sahel

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