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Policy Workshop: Developing Policy Innovations for the Pastoralist Rangelands through Cross-Sector Partnerships

The Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) program represents a fruitful cross-sector partnership, bringing together academic researchers, policymakers, private sector partners, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop an innovation to improve livelihoods on the pastoralist rangelands of East Africa. How will this innovative partnership continue to evolve as IBLI looks to scale, and what possibilities are there to develop similar synergies in other policy domains?

We are organizing a workshop on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, to bring together stakeholders interested in emerging innovations to improve socio-economic outcomes on the pastoralist rangelands of Kenya and beyond. We seek to engage policymakers, government officials, private sector actors, donors, and academics. The workshop will be highly interactive, combining plenary presentations, panel discussions, question-and-answer periods, and opportunities for more informal interaction amongst attendees.

The morning session of the workshop will focus on assessing and drawing out insights from the cross-sector partnership behind the IBLI program, and the emerging livestock microinsurance agenda in Kenya. The session will include a keynote presentations on the IBLI agenda, and the development and scale-up of (livestock) microinsurance more broadly. It will include inputs from private sector and government actors highlighting the role of research in helping to develop IBLI and the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP). The session will close with a panel Q&A to address emerging questions from the presentations.

The afternoon session will  focus on a number of emerging innovations, some of which have grown out of the IBLI program. The first segment highlights new ways in which technology such as mobile phones, GPS tracking collars and remote sensing data are being used to develop a deeper understanding of the pastoralist livelihood and policy innovations on the rangelands. The second segment focuses on emerging interest in feed and fodders and research and policy directions in this area. Each segment will close with a Q&A session to further identify and discus pressing questions on each of these topics.

We hope that you will be able to participate and we look forward to welcoming your contributions to the discussion and the ongoing policy and research agenda.

See the workshop agenda here

Access more details about the workshop here

Review the presentations given here

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