ILRI, Equity Bank and UAP Insurance Launch Project to Insure Livestock Against Drought

27 January 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has joined with Equity Bank and UAP Insurance to offer index-based insurance to rural herders in arid areas of Northern Kenya.

The programme is a pilot in the Marsabit District, which has approximately 86,000 cattle and two million sheep and goats. The programme will use real-time satellite images of grass and other vegetation that indicate whether drought will put the livestock at risk of starvation, an increasing phenomenon as climate changes. Participating farmers will be paid based on indicators that animals are at risk of death due to forage limitations, rather than based on actual loss of livestock. ILRI has developed an insurance simulation game to explain the programme to local communities in the district. If successful, the programme will be scaled-up across Eastern Africa. [ILRI Press Release]