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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

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Livestock insurance – A chance to outsmart drought?

Marsabit District — The first thing that hits a visitor to Ginda village in northern Kenya is the smell. Farmer Haro Sora’s land is littered with the carcasses of cattle and donkeys that have collapsed following an intense, prolonged drought. A skull here; half a ribcage there. In some places there are whole animals slumped … Continue reading

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Pioneering insurance for remote livestock herders taking hold in drought-prone areas of Kenya and Ethiopia

Laurie Goering, a reporter for AlertNet writing from the United Nations climate change meetings in Durban this week, says that pioneering insurance projects are giving remote pastoral livestock herders a way to reduce the risks they face from a changing climate that presents recurring, dramatically severe, droughts. ‘Equipping illiterate migratory herders with drought insurance in one … Continue reading

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Insurance aims to help herders avoid ‘downward spiral’ from drought

DURBAN, South Africa (AlertNet) – Equipping illiterate migratory herders with drought insurance in one of the driest regions of drought-prone East Africa might seem a big task, particularly in a region where claims adjustors, cell phone coverage and cash to pay for policies are nearly as rare as rain itself. But a range of such … Continue reading

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Economist helps devise livestock insurance for drought-stricken Africa

Herdsmen in drought-stricken Kenya have received their first payments from an innovative livestock insurance program designed with the help of Michael Carter, a professor of agricultural and resource economics. The program, intended to prevent livestock producers from falling into indigence and food-aid dependence, could be a model for improving food security in other areas of … Continue reading

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New plan for drought victims pays out

MARSABIT, Kenya — “We have never experienced a season like this one,” said Boru Sora, a 25-year old herder of the Borana tribe in northern Kenya. “Sixty of our cattle died this year out of 120, 17 more were taken by raiders, but the main reason? It is hunger and weakness that kills them. It … Continue reading

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New satellite-based scheme makes first payments to pastoralists

What hits you when you get out of the truck at Ginda Village, in Northern Kenya, is the smell. Farmer Haro Sora’s land is littered with the carcasses of cattle and donkeys that have keeled over following an intense, prolonged drought. A skull here; half a ribcage there. In some places there are whole animals … Continue reading