We propose to develop an innovative satellite based index which can reliably predict local crop yields. This work is the centerpiece of a larger project to design an index insurance contract that can successfully protect smallholder farmers against negative covariant shocks such as droughts and floods.
This project will study two key issues: the effectiveness of a local seed company in developing technologies fine-tuned to the local agro-ecological environment, and the impact of relaxing liquidity-constraints on the poverty-reduction potential of new agricultural technologies.
This project will investigate the spillover effects of index insurance on other members of risk sharing networks.
Haiti is one of the poorest and most food insecure countries in the world, and improvements in productivity for staple crops such as rice are crucial to improve rural income and food security. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is touted as a high-yielding low external input rice cultivation method that can increase rice yields […]