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More than 50 participants from 13 African nations gathered in Accra, Ghana, from May 1-5, 2017 to attend a regional workshop focusing on the fundamentals of risk modeling for index insurance and to discuss a wide array of agricultural insurance topics. “ The Risk Modelling and Strategic Decision Making for Index Insurance” workshop was organized by the Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF), in collaboration with African Reinsurance Corporation. Managed by the World Bank Group’s Finance & Markets Global Practice, GIIF provides smallholder farmers, pastoralists, microentrepreneurs, and...
Accra, Ghana, 27 April 2017 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Africa Reinsurance Corporation supported a two-day technical workshop on risk modeling and strategic decision-making for index insurance products. Most of the agricultural land in Sub-Saharan Africa is rain-fed, and many regions are vulnerable to climate shocks such as drought, flooding, and irregular rainfall. To limit their losses in any given year, smallholder farmers often invest very little into their land, which leads to reduced yields and contributes to food insecurity. Insurance can be a good risk management tool...
PowerPoint slides from a consumer exercise undertaken in Zambia in December last year are now available. The session, held jointly by GlIF, ILO's Impact Insurance Facility, Risk Shield Consultants, and fsdZambia focused on lead farmers and channel partners who enlist smallerholder farmers.
Index insurance, water harvesting, diverse cash crops, land management, new technologies, and community-based approaches are expected to enhance Ethiopia’s resilience to climate change, according to UN Development Programme. “The Government of Ethiopia has recognized its vulnerability and has been working hard to pursue climate resilient development growth,” said Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen speaking at a high-level humanitarian meeting in early 2017. Read more here .
In a new GIIF Result Stories, Ms. Bintou Diakite, a founding president of ASEDEFE-YDADE (Association pour la Solidarité, l’Entraide, le Développement Economique de la Femme et de l’Enfant), recounts how index insurance has set female farmers free from the consequences of mishaps due to climate disaster. The Result Stories is part of a new bilingual series produced in 2017 to capture farmers' experiences with index insurance in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal.
Karim Traore, President of Burkina Faso's National Union of Cotton Producers, speaks about the cotton farmer's experience with agricultural index-based insurance in a new GIIF Result Stories. “It would be difficult for me to provide exact data, however, I can tell you that index insurance strongly encourages farmers in their work, and we are finding that cotton production has increased in all of the areas where farmers have subscribed to it," says Mr. Traore. The Result Stories is part of a new bilingual series produced in 2017 to capture farmers' experiences with index insurance in Burkina...
Jacinta at her maize farm / Cr: ACRE Africa
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ACRE Africa, a GIIF partner in East Africa, is a microinsurance product designer that helps foster equity, fairness, and innovation in the agricultural sector. As farmers in the region experience changing weather conditions, with delayed rain and more frequent incidents of drought, ACRE Africa engages stakeholders along the agricultural value chain, and advises insurers on the development and distribution of low-cost insurance to protect smallholders’ investments. The following story is told by one of the beneficiaries of ACRE Africa. Jacinta Mutuse is a 35-year old farmer, and the mother of...
Tens of thousands of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia have benefited from the country's first weather index insurance payment to cover the loss for the previous year's crop failure due to El Nino, AllAfrica reports . The weather index insurance payouts of 2.6 million birr were part of the pilot insurance initiative supported by UNDP, the Global Environment Facility, the country's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
A $1.4 million grant from USAID is funding a University of California's project that will use a randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the impacts of combining programs that offer training, support, and aid with affordable insurance in Kenya. According to UC Davis , the new project is led by Michael Carter, a professor of agricultural and resource economics and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access at UC Davis, and Dr. Andrew Mude from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya. Last year, Dr. Mude received the World Food Prize...
Thomson Reuters Foundation reports that thousands of pastoralists across six counties in northern and eastern Kenya will get payouts this month under the Kenyan government's subsidized livestock insurance scheme. The disbursement will total nearly 215 million Kenyan shillings ($2.08 million), according to the article. Recently, the Government declared a national disaster after more than 2.7 million people across half of the country have been affected by a severe drought, the worst in six years. The Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP), launched last year, was developed by Kenya's Ministry...
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