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Using radio to builds herders’ trust in livestock insurance in Isiolo County

The Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) insures the livestock of pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid counties of Kenya. Implemented with technical assistance from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), KLIP limits livestock losses through early compensation allowing pastoralists to protect their assets. Payouts are pegged to measurements of forage conditions made via satellite data on vegetation cover to derive an index of seasonal forage availability/scarcity. Once payouts are triggered, registered pastoralists in the affected areas are eligible for compensation.

Read this post by the Thompson Reuters Foundation on how radio is being used to build pastoralists’ trust in livestock insurance in Kenya’s Isiolo County.

 

Record payouts being made by Kenya Government and insurers to protect herders facing historic drought

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klip_cropped02From left to right: Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); Andrew Tuimur, principal secretary in Kenya’s State Department of Livestock; and Willy Bett, cabinet secretary for the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries during a press conference held on 20 Feb 2017 announcing payments to more than 12,000 pastoral households under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) (photo credit: ILRI/Dorine Odongo).

More than Ksh214 million is on tap for 12,000 pastoral households in six counties of northern Kenya through innovative policies that use satellite imagery to trigger payments for feed, veterinary supplies and water.

As an epic drought desiccates fields and forages in the Horn of Africa, Government of Kenya officials, in partnership with Kenyan insurers, today announced payments to over 12,000 pastoral households under a breakthrough livestock insurance plan—one that uses satellites to monitor vegetation available to livestock and triggers assistance for feed, veterinary medicines and even…

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Kenyan economist Andrew Mude wins the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

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Andrew Mude, a principal research scientist
at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya,
was yesterday named the 5th recipient of a prestigious award
for his work in providing insurance to livestock herders
in East Africa’s drylands through innovative, state-of-the-art technologies.

It was announced yesterday (30 Aug 2016) in Nairobi, Kenya, that Andrew Mude has won the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. Mude’s is developing insurance for never-before-insured communities whose livelihoods depend on herding cattle, goats, sheep and camels in the remote, arid and drought-prone lowlands of the Horn of Africa. He and his colleagues have made novel use of satellite data to achieve an innovative and highly effective solution that helps pastoral livestock herders reduce the considerable and costly drought-risk they face in this region.

At an event hosted by Director General Jimmy Smith of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, Mude’s…

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Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI), E-learning Course Launch

Elearning launchAre you interested in knowing just how Index Based Livestock Insurance works? Lessons on IBLI and the Asset Protection Contract are now just a click away! You can easily access your IBLI lessons from ILRI’s e-Learning portal http://learning.ilri.org/.  The IBLI e-Learning course was launched on the 22nd of March 2016 at the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) campus in Nairobi, Kenya. Various stakeholders including Kenya Government officials from the State Department of Livestock (SDL), insurance companies, donor organizations and partner NGOs attended the launch ceremony. In his opening remarks, ILRI’s Director General Dr. Jimmy Smith reiterated the fact that Capacity Development is a critical success factor for ILRI and that stakeholders must focus on enhancing pastoralism as it is a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product.

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Kenya’s drought insurance scheme shelters herders from financial storm

New index-based livestock insurance protects vegetation rather than animals. But can it generate trust within the community?

in Wajir theguardian.com, Friday 4 April 2014 11.20 BST

 

Climate change impact on agriculture : drought in Kenya starves cows to death

It was almost inevitable that the day chosen to make the first drought insurance payments in Wajir, in the arid north-east of Kenya, would be the same day the rains came.

Herders who lost sheep, cattle and camels in the scorching first quarter of the year sheltered from the storm in an airless hall waiting for the cheques from an innovative new scheme that seeks to break the drought-and-bust cycle blighting pastoralists across the Horn of Africa…..read more

New insurance scheme protects Kenyan farmers

A new insurance programme in northern Kenya is helping farmers protect their livelihoods in dry seasons. Farmers who contribute to the scheme will be given payments should their livestock die. The initiative has already been linked to 33 per cent drop in food aid needed in the area. Al Jazeera’s Caroline Malone reports. Watch the video…

Al Jazeera English, Published on Mar 26, 2014

Insurer to compensate livestock farmers

Takaful Insurance will pay livestock farmers about Sh500,000 for losses incurred during the December to March dry season.

A boy herds cattle. Takaful Insurance says that 4,000 farmers have insured their livestock against drought out of an estimated 92,000. FILE.

A boy herds cattle. Takaful Insurance says that 4,000 farmers have insured their livestock against drought out of an estimated 92,000. FILE.

The farmers, 30 women and 71 men from Wajir County, are the first to be compensated after they took up the Shariah compliant Index-Based Livestock Takaful (IBLT) cover in August 2013. Continue reading…

By John Gachiri, Business daily

Posted  Monday, March 24  2014 at  19:27

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