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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Managing the Shift to a Values-based Food Supply

Fall 2016

I grew up on a dairy farm on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. We loved our cows, and everything we did on that farm was for the sake of the cows. Each day after the morning milking, a stainless-steel tanker truck backed up to our barn, loaded our milk and hauled it to the processing plant. At … Continue reading Managing the Shift to a Values-based Food Supply

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The Context Network® extends expertise, reach in the food production value chain – announces merger with The Prasino Group

Fall 2016

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (October 20, 2016) The Context Network®, has announced their merger with The Prasino Group, a Des Moines, Iowa-based consulting firm providing management consulting services across the animal agriculture industry. As part of the merger, Context welcomes two new Principals to the premier, global agribusiness consulting firm’s leadership team. Dr. Garth … Continue reading The Context Network® extends expertise, reach in the food production value chain – announces merger with The Prasino Group

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The Context Network Names Doug Griffin Principal in the Firm

Fall 2016

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (September 12, 2016) The Context Network, a premier, global agribusiness consulting firm has named Doug Griffin as a new Principal with the firm. Griffin joins nine Context Principals as a shareholder of the growing company. For nearly 25 years, Context has provided proven strategic management insights to the agriculture industry … Continue reading The Context Network Names Doug Griffin Principal in the Firm

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