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April 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Unlocking smallholder credit: Does credit-linked agricultural insurance work?

This paper reviews possibilities for, and experience with, credit-linked crop insurance, including different types of insurance and credit arrangements. The paper describes the main methods of linkage that are being tested or proposed, identifies the critical features of each method, and discusses the advantages and limitations for the three parties – farmers, financial service providers, and insurers. »

October 31, 2017Knowledge Portal
Picture-based crop insurance: Is it feasible? Is it sustainable?

This blog examines the feasibility and sustainability of picture-based crop insurance. By taking regular pictures of their crops on smartphones, farmers can reliably document damage after a natural calamity and provide evidence that the crop was managed appropriately until that point. »

July 31, 2017Knowledge Portal
Index-based agricultural insurance products: challenges, opportunities and prospects for uptake in sub-Sahara Africa

This article reviews factors and challenges that may explain the low uptake of index-based insurance products in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objectives of this paper are to assess and document 1) the insurance products available to farmers, 2) factors influencing farmers to purchase insurance products, 3) challenges limiting farmers accessing to insurance products and 4) opportunities that can positively enhance uptake. »

August 2, 2016Knowledge Portal
Can insurance help manage climate risk and food insecurity? Evidence from the pastoral regions of East Africa

This article by Michael R. Carter, Sarah A. Janzen and Quentin Stoeffler suggests that insurance can help manage climate risk and food insecurity. If well-designed, insurance contracts can be implemented and priced at a reasonable level, despite the uncertainties that attend climate change. Evidence from the Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) index insurance project in the pastoral regions in East Africa suggest that practical difficulties can be overcome and that insurance can have the impacts that underlay the positive theoretical evaluation. »

July 28, 2016Knowledge Portal
How agricultural insurance can improve food security – and why regulation matters

This policy note by the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) makes the case for agricultural insurance in the context of food security, explains the role of regulation to make effective risk protection work and highlights some of the challenges in regulating innovative index-based insurance approaches. »

July 20, 2016Knowledge Portal
Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk: A case study of Samburu County in Kenya

This article, published in the Agricultural Systems journal, uses data from 500 households in Samburu County (Kenya) to explore how natural environment and market accessibility affect coping and adaptation strategies of pastoralists. In particular, the authors ask whether households accumulate livestock wealth and invest in structural and cognitive social capital to protect themselves against climate risks. »