Context’s Pratt Lauded in AgGrad’s Inaugural “30 Under 30”

Spring 2019

The Context Network’s Seth Pratt has been recognized by AgGrad’s first-ever 30 Under 30 award, a program created to celebrate the young professionals shaping the future of agriculture. Pratt, a senior business analyst, was nominated by his Context colleague Jason Troendle and by Nathan Laudan, membership growth consultant for Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), a social … Continue reading Context’s Pratt Lauded in AgGrad’s Inaugural “30 Under 30”

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A Holistic Approach to Strategy Implementation

Winter 2019

Many food and agribusiness companies across the value chain are reassessing their strategies in light of significant ongoing industry shifts. Among these shifts, changing consumer preferences now require the food distribution chain to deliver healthier and more environmentally friendly products; advances in technology provide stakeholders with access to unprecedented volumes of information; consolidation at multiple … Continue reading A Holistic Approach to Strategy Implementation

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New Investments Redefining LATAM Ag & Food Landscape

Winter 2018

A confluence of trends has sparked sizeable investment in agriculture and food sectors in Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries. The investments are historically unique, not only because of their scale, but because of who is making them and where they’re coming from. The flow of funds and entrance of new market players has significant implications … Continue reading New Investments Redefining LATAM Ag & Food Landscape

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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 made a strong commitment as a diamond sponsor of the Women in Agribusiness Summit on September 24-26, 2018 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 Agribusiness … 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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