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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Quality Cassava Begins with Improved Seed

Summer 2018

PROGRAM PERSPECTIVE: In 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded BASICS, a $11.6 million, four-year program to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain to help Nigerian smallholder farmers improve their productivity and family income. It is led by CGIAR’s Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). Context Global Development is a … Continue reading Quality Cassava Begins with Improved Seed

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CONTEXT ANNOUNCES MAJOR SPONSORSHIP OF FFA PROGRAMS

Fall 2017

Context is pleased to announce its commitment and new partnership with the National FFA Foundation to support agricultural education opportunities for young people in the U.S.  “We’re very excited about The Context Network joining us as a sponsor,” says Mark Poeschl, chief executive officer of the National FFA organization and the National FFA Foundation. Poeschl … Continue reading CONTEXT ANNOUNCES MAJOR SPONSORSHIP OF FFA PROGRAMS

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The Context Network Announces New Roles, Promotions in Support of Business Growth

Fall 2017

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (October 9, 2017) The Context Network is pleased to announce the promotions of Lauren Chupp to Associate Principal and Christian Guffy to Principal Consultant. Both positions are new roles within the firm, and support the organization’s expanding service across several sectors. “We are building our staffing model to support strategic growth … Continue reading The Context Network Announces New Roles, Promotions in Support of Business Growth

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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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