Remote sensing for index insurance: An overview of findings and lessons learned for smallholder agriculture

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Index insurance is a type of agricultural insurance that can serve smallholder agricultural development and risk management by protecting assets and encouraging productive investments.  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 outlines the project, which investigated overcoming issues with ground data by testing innovative remote sensing methodologies. It aims to give people working in the insurance community, agricultural development and government an overview of remote sensing opportunities and challenges for index insurance, together with recommendations on where further work and investment is needed.

The project was financed by Agence Française de Développement with an additional contribution from the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, and was carried out by the Weather Risk Management Facility of the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. The Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) provided significant contributions and support throughout the project.

For full information on the project methodologies, as well as detailed results and outcomes of the performance assessments and evaluation exercises, please refer to Remote Sensing for Index Insurance: Findings and Lessons Learned for Smallholder Agriculture.

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Document Information

Document Type Report
Author Coleman, E., Dick, W., Gilliams, S., Piccard, I., Rispoli, F., & Stoppa, A.
Year of Publication 2018
Publisher IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
Number of Pages 60 pp,
Region / Country Global /
Primary Language English (en)
Keywords Index Insurance, Agriculture Insurance, Climate Insurance
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