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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

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Kenyan herders paid for lost cattle in new innovative insurance programme

Herders in Northern Kenya who have lost their cattle due to the intensive drought are getting their first payments as part of an innovative insurance program known as Index Based Livestock Insurance or IBLI. This was reported by the International Livestock Research Institute who developed this insurance programme together with Cornell University and the Index … Continue reading

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UAP, ILRI make first compensations for livestock losses

Pastoralists in Marsabit who have lost up to a third of their animals due to ravaging drought witnessed in the country a few months ago today received compensation from UAP Insurance under an insurance program developed in partnership with the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Cornell University, Equity Bank and the index Insurance Innovation … Continue reading