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IBLI project seeks proposals to build a web-based ICT system

The IBLI project announces a call for proposals to help build a web-based interface with simulation capacity that will enable the automation of index-generating procedures; the automation of information dissemination across a range of output and format types; a facility for querying the system on historical index trends and other project-relevant data across program locations; … Continue reading

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Insuring the Uninsured… OIC’s new Index Based Livestock Insurance for Borena pastoralists

Oromia Insurance Company (OIC) has recently launched a new product dubbed Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) for pastoralists in Borena Zone, Oromia National Regional State. For farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia’s drought vulnerable zone, the launching of IBLI is very good news. Borena has been affected by drought recurrently over the past couple of years. … Continue reading

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IBLI index color coded map based for October 2012

The pdf below provides a color coded map of the predicted mortality index in all 5 Marsabit divisions for October 2012, and also posts the index status at the previous 6 potential payment periods. 5IndexAreaMarsabit.pdf Continue reading

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Index-based insurance arms East African pastoralists against uncertainty

On 19 September, IBLI collaborator Michael Carter from the University of California-Davis gave an in-depth presentation at the latest live streamed science seminar held by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). He discussed how index-based insurance is moving forward as a viable policy alternative to insure farmers against risks, … Continue reading

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Livestock insurance – protecting Kenya’s pastoralists from drought

CNN’s Nima Elbagir today reports on the IBLI micro-insurance scheme in northern Kenya that is offering hope to farmers in the region. Speaking on CNN’s Marketplace Africa, Elbagir reports how, now the rains have come, farmers know they must prepare for the next drought that will inevitably come. Fifty-nine-year-old Wacho Yayo lost 10 of his … Continue reading

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Livestock insurance helps herders to protect livestock

In Kenya, the value of the pastoral livestock sector is estimated to be worth 800 million U.S. dollars Livestock insurance scheme developed by pastoralists in partnership with the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is helping Kenyan herders to protect their marketable assets. The new book on markets development for African small holder farmers published … Continue reading

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Insuring livestock in Kenya, via satellite

Camels mean cash in Kenya. But severe drought routinely kills off livestock, and families go bankrupt, unless they have an innovative insurance plan. Brenda Wandera’s iPhone buzzes in her lap. A text message has made its way through the blurry heat of Kenya’s Chalbi Desert, and it changes her next move. “As soon as we get … Continue reading