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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.
A newly designed Global Index Insurance Facility's Country Profile for Zambia is available for digital viewing. The document contains an overview of GIIF's project in Zambia and partners: Mayfair Insurance, Focus General Insurance, and Risk Shield Consultants Limited.
In mid September, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) helped launch an innovative new data platform in Lusaka, Zambia that combines satellite rainfall estimates with the country’s existing network of rain gauges. The platform, developed with the Zambia Meteorological Department and through funding from NASA, is the latest to come out of IRI’s Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS) initiative which aims to address the persistent problem of data scarcity and lack of access to climate information products in many African countries. The World Bank Group’s...
In this report, GIZ explores the trends in agricultural insurance and public relief as risk management tools in rural areas of developing countries. The report takes a closer look at the challenges in scaling up index-based insurance, linked to the demand form farmers, the design of indexes, the distribution of the insurance products, and the changing climate. Authors Ulrich Hess and Peter Hazell also propose solutions to the challenges in scaling up index insurance. To read the report, please click here .
ReliefWeb published a blog report on the progress of the Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) in Zambia. The program, launched by The World Food Program (WFP) and Oxfam, enables vulnerable rural households to increase their food and income security in the face of increasing climate risks. " In Zambia, smallholder farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture and constantly face challenges such as erratic rainfall, fragile soil and poor access to markets. Climate change places an additional burden on farmers’ food security by increasing the frequency and intensity of shocks including drought and flooding...
The Government of Zambia has called on insurance firms to develop affordable weather index insurance products in the wake of climate change as they are part of the risk management mechanisms for crop protection among small-scale farmers, Zambia Daily Mail has reported. Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda said the effects of climate change are real, and Zambia is not excluded from the impact, evidenced by the negative impact of the El Niño phenomenon the country experiened during the 2015/16 farming season. “Therefore, farmers’ access to risk mitigation tools such as insurance...
With 1.5 billion people worldwide getting access to financial services through a post office, postal networks are powerful tools to advance financial inclusion. Posts have already proved to have comparative advantages in remote areas and with specific vulnerable groups – the poor, the less educated and those in the informal economy – compared with other financial services providers. This study by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) delves into the transformative potential of postal networks into well-suited providers of insurance. The report...
From 2013-2014, GIIF provided a capacity building grant to MicroEnsure LLC for the launch of an index insurance business line in Zambia. MicroEnsure and the local insurers Mayfair Insurance Company Zambia Limited and Focus General Insurance Limited demonstrated the effective use of a new distribution strategy to deliver sustainable premium volumes by working with select aggregators (NWK Agri-services, Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), and Pioneer Seed) with a clear business purpose for offering insurance. In 2016, GIIF provided grants to both Mayfair and Focus for the scale up of their...