Agriculture and livestock account for one third of Kenya's annual economic output. Climate change, however, is making weather patterns increasingly unpredictable, so Kenya's farmers in particular are feeling the effects of droughts. Smallholder farmers who depend on rain-fed agriculture and use low-technology farming methods are particularly vulnerable to droughts. Not even one percent of farmers are currently protected against the consequences.
Now the InsuResilience Solutions Fund (ISF), which is managed by Frankfurt School and funded by KfW Development Bank, has signed a grant agreement supporting the development of an insurance scheme for Kenya’s smallholder farmers. The project will work closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) as part of its climate smart insurance strategy for smallholder farmers.
It combines the implementation of two technological innovations in climate risk insurance: soil moisture index insurance and a picture-based loss verification tool. By introducing these technological innovations into insurance product design, the aim is to minimise the cost of loss verification and make crop insurance more attractive and accessible to smallholder farmers, while optimising the technical product design over time. At the same time the picture-based tool helps smallholder farmers in reducing future losses due to drought by offering advisory services to farmers, including both climate smart agriculture practices and weather related decision support.
The project is implemented by a partnership encompassing ACRE as one of the largest micro-insurance providers in Africa, the international research and development organization, Alliance of Biodiversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and VanderSAT, a leading provider of global satellite-observed data. ISF is providing co-funding for the product development of the agriculture insurance solution.