Rupsha Banerjee

Social scientist, ILRI

Social scientist, ILRI

Rupsha Banerjee

Biography

Rupsha Banerjee is a social scientist working at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) project. She has a keen interest in research that can stimulate innovation for development, understanding institutional needs for emerging markets, and their influence on agricultural transformation and decision-making in households and livelihoods.

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Knowledge can go a long way to ensure better livelihoods and food security for women in pastoral regions. Accurate and timely information can help facilitate access to services, and exert a positive influence on their participation in livelihood decision-making in households. As part of efforts to increase the uptake of index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) in East Africa, researchers at ILRI realised that one of the major factors constraining the quality of women’s lives is lack of information.

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The Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) programme was first launched in 2010, to help pastoralists deal with the effects of the severe droughts that are becoming increasingly frequent in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya and Ethiopia. The most recent figures show that some 15,000 livestock owners in the two countries have now purchased the product. Perhaps surprisingly, 45% of them are women.

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