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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 project seeks proposals to build a web-based ICT system

The IBLI project announces a call for proposals to help build a web-based interface with simulation capacity that will enable the automation of index-generating procedures; the automation of information dissemination across a range of output and format types; a facility for querying the system on historical index trends and other project-relevant data across program locations; … Continue reading

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Insuring the Uninsured… OIC’s new Index Based Livestock Insurance for Borena pastoralists

Oromia Insurance Company (OIC) has recently launched a new product dubbed Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) for pastoralists in Borena Zone, Oromia National Regional State. For farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia’s drought vulnerable zone, the launching of IBLI is very good news. Borena has been affected by drought recurrently over the past couple of years. … 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 – protecting Kenya’s pastoralists from drought

CNN’s Nima Elbagir today reports on the IBLI micro-insurance scheme in northern Kenya that is offering hope to farmers in the region. Speaking on CNN’s Marketplace Africa, Elbagir reports how, now the rains have come, farmers know they must prepare for the next drought that will inevitably come. Fifty-nine-year-old Wacho Yayo lost 10 of his … Continue reading

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Designing Index-Based Livestock Insurance to manage asset risk in northern Kenya

A new article in the Journal of Risk and Insurance by Sommarat Chantarat, Andrew Mude, Christopher Barrett and Michael Carter describes our index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) product piloted among pastoralists in Northern Kenya, where insurance markets are effectively absent and uninsured risk exposure is a main cause of poverty. It describes the methodology used to … 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