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Limited availability, accessibility, quantity and poor quality of data on the ground are some of the primary technical constraints preventing scale-up and sustainability of index insurance. Data were the focus of the project “Improving Agricultural Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Remote Sensing for Index Insurance”. This publication details the project, which investigated overcoming issues with ground data by testing innovative remote sensing methodologies. It describes the different remote sensing options and opportunities available for index insurance, but it also recommends further
Distributing Agri Micro-insurance in East Africa –Lessons Learned
ACRE Africa participated in 2018 Understanding Risk Forum in Mexico City in May 2018. Organized by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and partners every two years, the event provides organizations and individuals with the opportunity to exchange knowledge, highlight new activities and initiatives, establish new partnerships, and foster innovation in the field. As part of this year’s program, the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) and the Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF) – both in the WBG’s Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation
After Low Rainfall, African Smallholder Farmers Get Payouts of US$1.5 Milllion
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.
The video discusses the development of weather index insurance in Senegal, including GIIF's and stakeholders' actions and involvement with index insurance in the country since its onset in 2009. The video is in French.
ACRE Africa Awarded Best Technological Startup for Innovations in Crop Insurance
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
Feasibility Study on Index Insurance in Côte d’Ivoire
On January 19, 2018, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank organized a workshop in Abidjan to present the results of a feasibility study on index-based agricultural insurance conducted in Côte d’Ivoire between the months of May and September 2017 by the Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF). As part of the World Bank Group’s Climate Finance and Risk Management unit, GIIF facilitates access to finance for smallholder farmers, micro-entrepreneurs, and microfinance institutions through the provisions of catastrophic risk transfer solutions and index-based insurance in
In December 2017, participants from various African Francophone nations attended a regional workshop held in Saly, Senegal, to learn about index insurance fundamentals and risk transfer process as well as to discuss and apply the use of agro-climactic data to the design of index insurance products. GIIF staff and participants discuss the importance of capacity training on index insurance in this video.
In the Fight Against Climate Change, Index Insurance Takes Flight in West Africa
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.”
Développement d’un marché de l’assurance agricole indicielle en Côte d’Ivoire: Le modèle d’affaires du GIIF du Groupe de la Banque Mondiale présenté à Abidjan
A l’initiative du Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF) du Groupe de la Banque mondiale a eu lieu le vendredi 19 janvier 2018 à Abidjan un Atelier de restitution des résultats de l’étude sur le Développement d’un marché de l’assurance agricole indicielle en Côte d’Ivoire, selon Abidjan.net. L’objectif général assigné à cette étude vise à Promouvoir le développement et la croissance d’un marché local viable et pérenne pour l’assurance agricole indicielle en Côte d’Ivoire, via une assistance technique et un accompagnement financier. «Avant le début de la période d'assurance, un indice
Nigeria to Provide Insurance Coverage for 3.8m Farmers
The Government of Nigeria is working to increase insurance coverage for Nigerian agricultural primary producers from 500,000 to 3.8 million through the recently introduced index-based agricultural insurance, New Stage reports. The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) is collaborating with the Royal Exchange Assurance, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), and Cellulant to develop of a technology-driven hybrid index insurance product that will include the area yield index, weather index, and price index insurance.