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…

On selling insurance (not lottery tickets) to Africa’s struggling (stargazing) livestock herders–New York Times
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On selling insurance (not lottery tickets) to Africa’s struggling (stargazing) livestock herders–New York Times

Originally posted on ILRI news:
? Andrew Mude, a Kenyan economist at ILRI who leads a multi-centre Index-Based Livestock Insurance project (IBLI) in the Horn of Africa, is this year’s Norman Borlaug Field Award winner (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan). This has been a good—and relatively big—season for work to support the world’s arid lands and…

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Characterizing Regional Suitability for Index Based Livestock Insurance

Pastoral populations of Sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable to environmental shocks, which contribute to livestock mortality and therefore losses in both wealth and productive assets. Although conventional insurance mechanisms covering individual losses are generally not cost effective  (page 2) in low-income pastoral communities that engage in extensive grazing, index insurance for livestock offers a promising … Continue reading

Kenyan accepts 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application at World Food Prize Event in Iowa
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Kenyan accepts 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application at World Food Prize Event in Iowa

Originally posted on ILRI news:
 Andrew Mude, speaking at an event announcing his award held at ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 Aug 2016 (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan). Researcher Andrew Mude and colleagues are also receiving today a USAID ‘Award for Scientific Excellence’. Both awards honour innovative use of satellite technology and community outreach to develop livestock insurance…

Food prize puts Kenyan researcher on global map—Kenya’s ‘Business Daily’ newspaper
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Food prize puts Kenyan researcher on global map—Kenya’s ‘Business Daily’ newspaper

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Andrew Mude (picture credit: Business Daily) Even with the Tuesday announcement that he had won the award, Andrew Mude, who holds a doctorate in economics, remains a modest man committed to resolving the dilemma that pastoral communities, especially in northern Kenya, have endured for decades. ‘When he was named winner…

Insurance helps Kenyan livestock herders cope with drought
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Insurance helps Kenyan livestock herders cope with drought

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A women receives her insurance payout (photo credit: Jeff Haskins). ‘The index-based insurance program is run by the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and funded by the British, U.S. and Australian governments and the European Union. The donors subsidize the cover to make it affordable for pastoralists. ‘A range…