Crowdsourcing: an approach to revolutionize and improve rangeland monitoring
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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

Largest-ever micro-insurance payout made to Ethiopian pastoralists
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Largest-ever micro-insurance payout made to Ethiopian pastoralists

Originally posted on ILRI news:
More than 2,250 pastoralists received insurance payouts following the extremely poor rains this year in southern Ethiopia. More than 2,250 pastoralists received insurance payouts following the extremely poor rains this year in southern Ethiopia. Low levels of rainfall have led to the loss of approximately 300,000 livestock in 2017 in…

Towards a robust national livestock market information system: Stakeholders convene to chart way forward
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Towards a robust national livestock market information system: Stakeholders convene to chart way forward

Originally posted on Livestock Systems and the Environment:
Participants at the stakeholders’ workshop on livestock market information system held on 11 July 2017 in Naivasha, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Dorine Odongo) Access to accurate and timely market information among pastoralist livestock producers and market actors is a perennial concern, even more so following the immense emphasis…

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

Originally posted on ILRI news:
From 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…

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Up in the sky, help to keep Africans from starving

Andrew Mude, a Kenyan economist, has a way of explaining satellites. When he’s talking to pastoral in his country’s north — people who roam the earth with a dozen head of cattle and very little else — he talks about the stars that don’t act like other stars. “They’re actually taking pictures of the ground,” Mude says. Herders, a stargazing people, understand. Continue reading

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RESULTS UK policy report features lessons from IBLI

A new policy report published by RESULTS UK this week, highlights the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Program in Kenya, as one of the initiatives that are successfully reaching vulnerable people with climate risk insurance in developing countries. Continue reading