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Poor rainfall in parts of Africa has triggered the largest insurance payout to date for smallholder farmers under the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4), a program launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America in 2011. African farmers will receive insurance payments totaling US$1.5 million to compensate for weather-related crop losses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, and Zambia, Reliefweb reports , according to a WFP press release.
ACRE Africa, a partner of the Global Index Insurance Facility and one of the pioneers of agriculture insurance in the African region, received the HEC-OCP Award for Best Technological Startup in the agriculture sector at the AfricaDays 2018 event. HEC Paris - Seed Project and OCP Africa recognized ACRE Africa as one of the startups that is shaping the future of agriculture while addressing the challenges due to climate change. Wairimu Muthike, ACRE Africa's Head of Business Development (image) , was in France to accept the award. ACRE Africa offers technical support to the insurance and...
There has been an increase in projects in sub-Saharan Africa to develop index insurance that helps farmers build resilience against climate change, EURACTIV.fr reports . Currently, dozens of projects are led by the World Bank to develop this type of insurance. In West Africa, initiatives are coordinated by GIIF's partner, PlaNet guarantee, in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal. Anne Durez, head of marketing at PlaNet guarantee, index insurance follows a double objective: “stabilizing farmers’ incomes and allowing them to finance their activities.”