MRR Innovation Lab at UC Davis

So every rural family can take control of their future.

About the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience (MRR) at UC Davis develops and tests financial and market innovations that take the most promising agricultural tools for families in developing economies from the lab to the field. Visit our website for frequent updates on proven approaches to promoting sustainable development and resilience. Learn more

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Evidence Insight: Evaluating the Case for National Disaster Risk Insurance

Natural disasters create dire hardships for rural families in developing countries. National governments can pre-finance support with disaster risk insurance, but there has been no objective way to determine whether it is more effective than paying the costs as they arise. MRR Innovation Lab and ILRI researchers developed tools to evaluate the case for disaster risk insurance and tested them with data from Kenya. With accurate national-level data, it is possible to evaluate disaster risk insurance and to build a metric for improving contract design.  Read more