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Lessons to Take a Successful Resilience-focused Research Project to Scale

December 03, 2019
While bundling drought-tolerant maize with index insurance generated significant drought resilience for small-scale farmers, seed and insurance companies need continued support to scale the product, particularly where farmers have little experience with either improved seeds or insurance.

Leveraging Machine Learning to Improve Livestock Insurance for Pastoralist Families

October 24, 2019
NDVI has been commonly used to build index insurance, a type of insurance that in the past decade has protected tens of thousands of pastoralist families in eastern Africa from drought. Now, a new technology may be on the brink of beating NDVI on predicting forage quality, and it comes from an entirely different field.

The Challenge of Taking Chickpea Innovations from the Lab to the Field

September 24, 2019
By transforming how chickpeas can withstand a complex set of problems, beyond just drought, researchers hope to aid smallholder farmers. But ultimately, getting these improved varieties to farmers in the field is a complex task that requires work beyond just the laboratory.

Families in Mozambique’s Bread Basket Need Continued Support Post-Idai

July 05, 2019
Humanitarian efforts in central Mozambique have saved lives and helped families to begin their recovery from losses to cyclone Idai, but many challenges remain. Research on a similar disaster in Honduras two decades ago suggests that long-term support is likely necessary for families who already struggled before the storm.