This MRR Innovation Lab project in Mozambique is testing short-term subsidy and training programs for rural households to learn about stress-tolerant maize bundled with index insurance for a seed-replacement guarantee.
This project is developing an index insurance product that insures total agricultural revenue for small-scale producers while also expanding it to agricultural labor households who don’t have physical crops but whose livelihoods depend on local agriculture.
In a new feasibility study, MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing whether smartphone pictures of crops before and after damage can help implement fail-safe audits in Ethiopia. This picture-based insurance (PBI) audit may dramatically improve contract responsiveness while keeping costs low.
An MRR Innovation Lab research team is collaborating with partners in the digital finance and agriculture sectors in Kenya in a feasibility study to design and offer digital agricultural loans backed by weather index insurance.
MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing a “behaviorally smart” intervention with index-based livestock insurance in Ethiopia to maximize the welfare of all households by measuring their preferences and beliefs and providing tailored advice on the decision to purchase insurance.
This project will develop improved index insurance policies for small-scale farmers to create stronger demand and impact for index insurance in Ghana, with a particular focus on improving the accuracy of how well products predict actual crop losses.