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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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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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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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Exploring weather index insurance in Ethiopia

Researchers, insurance brokers, insurance companies, banks, donors, ministry of agriculture and non-governmental organizations participated in a workshop this week to discuss index insurance for agriculture in Ethiopia. Three projects of the Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4) hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the international Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Livestock Research … Continue reading