Combining Seed & Financial Technologies for Resilient Agricultural Growth

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Event Date

Polaris Suite, Ronald Reagan Building 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20004

Drought tolerant maize varieties are effective in raising yields and smoothing the risks brought on by climate change. But what happens when the droughts are too severe and that seed technology fails? 

PDF imageMRR Innovation Lab researchers at UC Davis, in partnership with CIMMYT and local private sector seed and insurance companies, merged seed and financial innovations in Mozambique and Tanzania to increase farmer protection, yields and opportunities for growth.

Results show that DTM provided significant protection against mid-season drought. In severe drought, when even the improved seeds failed, in-kind insurance payments promoted resilience by helping farmers to produce even higher yields than in previous years.

Join us to learn more about the project’s results. Speakers include:

  • Steve Boucher, Professor, University of California, Davis
  • Michael Carter, Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience
  • Greg Collins, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Resilience Coordinator, USAID
  • Ghada Elabed – Economist, Agricultural General Practice, World Bank
  • Olaf Erenstein, Director, CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program
  • Jerry Glover, Senior Sustainable Agriculture Advisor, USAID
  • Travis Lybbert, Professor, University of California, Davis
  • Paswel Marenya, Senior Economist, CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program
  • Israel Muchena, Director,  Hollard Insurance Agriculture Insurance Division (Mozambique)
  • Laura Paul, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware

Lunch is provided. There is no cost associated with this event, but registration is required.

The agenda will be available shortly.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Sophie Javers at sejavers(at)