Papers and Presentations

Presentation: So You're Thinking about Index Insurance?

This presentation was by Maria Rarieya from the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) on May 24, 2017 describing the benefits of using index-based insurance over costly traditional claims-based insurance.

Paper: Fail-safe Index Insurance Without the Cost: a Satellite Based Conditional Audit Approach

While index insurance offers a compelling solution to the problem of covariant risk among smallholder farmers in developing countries, most weather based contracts suffer from poor quality due to a low correlation between the index and farmer losses. This paper proposes and analyzes an alternative index insurance contract, which combines a satellite based index with the potential for a second-stage audit.

Presentation: Filling a Niche

This presentation took place at Nairobi, Kenya on February 8, 2017, and describes how CIMMYT research on hybrid adoption in Kenya distinguishes maize breeding at targeted high elevations.