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May 14

Connecting agricultural insurance to meet farmers’ needs – success stories and lessons

Connecting agricultural insurance to meet farmers’ needs – success stories and lessons

Event Overview

Weather-based insurance has the potential to benefit farmers by assisting them to withstand the effects of climate change. Through the provision of an insurance cover against erratic weather, farmers can be protected against food insecurity and hunger. Pilot projects on insurance have been implemented in different forms by a number of actors in various geographical areas. Some successes have been recorded and lessons have been learnt. In the new effort to scale up weather insurance, it is critical that it responds to the felt needs of farmers and the particular challenges that they face. In efforts to scaling-up weather insurance beyond pilots on a limited scale, farmers’ needs must be central to its design and implementation. The parallel session will focus on connecting insurance to farmers’ needs by (i) identifying the key critical needs of the various groups of farmers, (ii) tease out key lessons learnt from past and on-going insurance, (iii) address gaps in the design and implementation of weather insurance and, (iv) identify specific approaches to promote inclusive weather insurance.

Identifying the needs of farmers

What are the critical needs and challenges of farmers regarding weather insurance?
How do these needs differ for the various categories of farmers- male/female, rich/poor farmers? 

Lessons learnt on connecting with farmers’ needs 

What lessons could be learnt from previous weather-based insurance projects regarding connecting to farmers’ needs?
What are the key drivers for the outcome obtained?
What are the gaps?

Addressing gaps in design and implementation of weather insurance 

Beyond pilot projects, what roles for different stakeholders- insurance companies, policy makers, extension staff- to scale-up insurance that meets farmers’ needs?
What are the innovative ways in the design and implementation of innovative weather insurance products to best meet farmers’ needs?

Promoting inclusive weather insurance 

What are the strategies to promote inclusive weather insurance that meets the needs of female & male farmers, rich & poor farmers?
How can we keep farmers’ needs in the centre of projects and bring them to scale?
How to ensure that the needs/challenges of both men/women, rich/poor farmers’ needs are heard, understood and addressed in scaling up efforts?  

Panellists

Ms Rahab Kariuki

Managing Director at ACRE Africa

Ms Tuga Alaskary

Senior Advisor, Policy and Partnerships, African Risk Capacity

Ishmael D Sunga

CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Frank Ohene Annor

CEO of TAHMO a and Field Director, Lecturer/Researcher at KNUST/Delft University of Technology

Moderators

Prof Dr Nick van de Giesen

Co-director and Professor in Water Resources Management at the Technical University Delft

Berliner Freiheit 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany
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Speakers

Panellists

Ms Rahab Kariuki

Managing Director at ACRE Africa

Ms Tuga Alaskary

Senior Advisor, Policy and Partnerships, African Risk Capacity

Ishmael D Sunga

CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Frank Ohene Annor

CEO of TAHMO a and Field Director, Lecturer/Researcher at KNUST/Delft University of Technology

Moderators

Prof Dr Nick van de Giesen

Co-director and Professor in Water Resources Management at the Technical University Delft

Organisers

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • CCAFS

    The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth. Led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CCAFS is a collaboration among all 15 CGIAR research centres and coordinates with the other CGIAR research programs. Learn more about our people. All CGIAR centres have a stake in CCAFS, and numerous Centres have considerable climate change expertise and activities. In addition, there is an on-going commitment to a major international partner (Future Earth).