Since 2011, ILRI and its partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors have pursued a comprehensive research agenda aimed at designing, developing and implementing market mediated index-based insurance to protect livestock keepers from drought related asset losses, particularly those in the drought prone Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).
ILRI researchers are working with data monitors drawn from county departments of livestock and partner agencies like Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC) to consolidate and digitize livestock data from the arid and semi-arid regions.
A game known as ‘SIMPASTORALIST’, an abbreviation for the phrase ‘simulating pastoralist’ is being used to collect data on the decision-making process within pastoralist households. This information will inform future designs of interventions such as the index-based livestock insurance.
Policymakers, development actors and representatives of government and the private sector met on 10 July 2018 in Ethiopia for a policy dialogue that delivered a clear roadmap for the scale of index-based livestock insurance in the country.
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“Developing the insurance product was the easy part. The tweaking, monitoring, and adapting – that has been much more complicated.” This, in essence, was what Cornell development economist Christopher Barrett informed us as we began discussing our upcoming Kenya research trip with him. He was right. Since the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) formulated Index-Based …
Governments across Africa are looking to protect pastoralists from the impacts of extreme weather with livestock insurance programs. But what works?