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Context Global Development® (CGD) is a non-profit organization that leads agricultural and social impact programs worldwide.

Commodity Report. Originally published June 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 the entire yam value chain, from smallholder farmers to yam processors and international exporters. (Photo: Yams produced in Nigeria)

Yams present a conundrum in West Africa. While consumer demand is high, yam yields are chronically low, stymied by poor seed quality, intensive labor requirements, disease…


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, “but it was not until I walked through their fields, visited their communities, and got their dust on my shoes that I began to understand and appreciate their lives and challenges.”

Funk accompanied a CGD team in 2017 throughout Burkina Faso, Mali, and…


Press Release. Originally published November 2017.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — (April 12, 2016) Context Global Development® (CGD) has received a $4 million USD grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new program entitled, “Realizing Sorghum and Millet Agricultural Productivity Gains in the Sahel.” The two-year program aims to realize agricultural productivity gains for smallholder farmers (SHF) growing sorghum and pearl millet in the Sahelian zones of Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria. The initiative will examine the extent and role these crops play in farmers’ livelihoods, identifying key factors in farmers’ crop investment decisions. …


Originally published July 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 the help of a partnership between Context Global Development® (CGD) and General Mills, this and other nutritious plants will soon find their way into the fields and onto the plates of people in the world’s poorest and hungriest countries.

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Press release. Originally published February 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 in West Africa (YIIFSWA-II), is a five-year, $12 million program. It is intended to boost certified seed yam production by optimizing and commercializing breakthroughs realized in the first program phase. YIIFSWA-II is expected to improve the livelihoods of at…


Originally published August 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 value chains, including small-holder farmers (SHF).

Cassava is the most important food crop for Nigeria, where it has high poverty-reduction potential because of its low production cost, widespread cultivation, and job creation capacity — especially for women and rural youth. …


Originally published April 2016.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — (April 30, 2016) Context Global Development® (CGD) has begun work on a new initiative that aims to sustainably improve Nigerian farmers’ access to high quality and affordable cassava planting materials. The four-year project, entitled “Building and Economically Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria”, is funded with $11.6 million (USD) in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project will work to advance access and affordability of seed through the development and promotion of commercial models for seed provision.

CGD Managing Director, Mark Nelson said, “Underpinning this primary…


Press Release. Originally published April 2016.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — (April 12, 2016) Context Global Development® (CGD) has received a $4 million USD grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new program entitled, “Realizing Sorghum and Millet Agricultural Productivity Gains in the Sahel.” The two-year program aims to realize agricultural productivity gains for smallholder farmers (SHF) growing sorghum and pearl millet in the Sahelian zones of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Nigeria. The initiative will examine the extent and role these crops play in farmers’ livelihoods, identifying key factors in farmers’ crop investment decisions. …


Press Release. Originally published May 2016.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — (May 2, 2016) The Context Network®, a premier, global agribusiness consulting firm has announced founding Context Global Development® (CGD), a new, non-profit organization to support program implementation needs of agricultural and social impact development donors worldwide.

Context Principal, Mark Holland said, “We are very pleased to announce Context Global Development.

As an independent ‘sister’ organization to our consulting firm, CGD can truly speak the language of the private-sector parties who are central to maximizing societal impact in implementation of agricultural development programs around the world.”

Consistent with Context’s long-standing…


Originally published March 2016.

Growth — it’s at the core of everything we do in agriculture. Context is no exception, and we continue to grow in the services that we offer as we work to advance agriculture; making it more productive, more efficient and more sustainable around the globe.

Recently, The Context Network announced the formation of Context Global Development® (CGD), a non-profit organization to support program implementation needs of agricultural and social impact development donors worldwide. CGD’s core goal is to maximize the value of agricultural resources in developing countries by harnessing Context’s commercial and development expertise. …

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