projects

Index-Based Livestock Insurance in East Africa Project

Principal investigators

Chris Barrett (Cornell University) and Andrew Mude (International Livestock Research Institute)

Location:Kenya and Ethiopia

Mechanism(s) Under Investigation: Index-Based Livestock Insurance

Proposal Abstract

Index-Based Livestock Insurance in East Africa Project

Index-Based Livestock Insurance in East Africa Project

Economists Christopher Barrett of Cornell University and Andrew Mude of the International Livestock Research Institute have been working to develop a risk management program such that pastoral households in drought-inflicted areas are better able to cope with current and future climate risks. Through their research, first in Kenya and now in Ethiopia, the researchers have found that the creation of such a program is particularly important because of the apparent presence of poverty traps in these areas. For many households, if a drought shock is severe enough, their livestock losses will push them below some critical threshold such that their losses will be irreversible, or at the very least have very severe, long-term consequences.

Dates of Research: 2009-2014

Publications

I4 Brief no 2011-02.

by Michael Carter, Elizabeth Long, and Andrew Mude July 2011

I4 Update.

by BASIS AMA Innovation Lab February 2013

I4 Update.

by BASIS AMA Innovation Lab February 2013

I4 Brief no. 2012-01.

by Michael Carter and Sarah Janzen March 2012
I4
Index Insurance Innovation Initiative
BASIS, the United States Agency for International Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Micro-Insurance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organization, and Oxfam America announce the creation of the Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4).