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Why direct climate funding to African farmers will pay off

Africa currently only attracts around 5 per cent of climate funding. This is despite the fact that six of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are in Africa, and every single African nation that submitted climate adaptation strategies to the UNFCCC in Paris last year, included agriculture in its plans. Continue reading

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New insurance scheme protects Kenyan farmers

A new insurance programme in northern Kenya is helping farmers protect their livelihoods in dry seasons. Farmers who contribute to the scheme will be given payments should their livestock die. The initiative has already been linked to 33 per cent drop in food aid needed in the area. Al Jazeera’s Caroline Malone reports. Watch the … Continue reading

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Insurer to compensate livestock farmers

Takaful Insurance will pay livestock farmers about Sh500,000 for losses incurred during the December to March dry season. The farmers, 30 women and 71 men from Wajir County, are the first to be compensated after they took up the Shariah compliant Index-Based Livestock Takaful (IBLT) cover in August 2013. Continue reading… By John Gachiri, Business daily … Continue reading

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Index-based insurance: a pathway out of poverty?

A recent workshop sought solutions to index insurance challenges. If the rains fail, a farmer can lose everything. With even the chance of a bad year, investing in new crop varieties and technologies might be too risky. Year after year, she’s caught in the trap of low production. Weather index-based insurance emerged at the beginning … 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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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