On the road to salvaging livestock market data: Digitizing livestock market data from Kenya’s arid and semi-arid regions
East Africa / IBLI / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / Markets / Pastoralism / Resilience / SLS

On the road to salvaging livestock market data: Digitizing livestock market data from Kenya’s arid and semi-arid regions

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. Continue reading

Let the games begin: Using simulations to collect data and disseminate information on livestock insurance
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Let the games begin: Using simulations to collect data and disseminate information on livestock insurance

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. Continue reading

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It’s all systems go for the scaling up of index-based livestock insurance in Ethiopia

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. Continue reading

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A Business Evaluation of the Sales and Distribution Model for Index-Based Livestock Insurance

“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 … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing: an approach to revolutionize and improve rangeland monitoring
Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / IBLI / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Pastoralism / Resilience / SLS

Crowdsourcing: an approach to revolutionize and improve rangeland monitoring

A recent study by the Crowdsourcing for Rangeland Conditions project—implemented through a collaboration between ILRI, Cornell University and the University of Sydney—applied a crowdsourcing approach to collect detailed information on forage conditions in northern Kenya. Continue reading

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Why direct climate funding to African farmers will pay off

Africa currently only attracts around 5 per cent of climate funding. This is despite the fact that six of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are in Africa, and every single African nation that submitted climate adaptation strategies to the UNFCCC in Paris last year, included agriculture in its plans. Continue reading

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How satellites and insurance are securing livestock in East Africa

Developed in partnership with International Livestock Research Institute, Cornell University and University of California Davis, IBLI uses data gathered by satellite to create a vegetation index that can be used to track the density of vegetation available to pastoralists. Continue reading