This USAID-focused event was an opportunity to bring researchers and policy-makers into the same room to discuss index insurance and its function as a promising tool for building resilience among impoverished farmers around the world.
A study in Mozambique found that the main reason farmers did not use vouchers for inputs was a lack of cash for co-payments to purchase the seed-fertilizer package. This suggests a more generous initial subsidy could bring spur greater learning across a broader range of farmers.
In 2011, a massive drought in Sub-Saharan Africa claimed the lives of Huka Bidu’s entire herd of cows. Determined not to begin again from nothing, the pastoralist and father of two in the southern Ethiopian village of Malble Yabello purchased a livestock insurance policy.
To highlight some of the work the AMA Innovation Lab is funding in the fight against HIV/AIDS, we conducted an Q&A with the Dean Yang, Professor in the Department of Economics and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
As part of the on-going celebration surrounding the 2016 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, Director Michael Carter spoke at the ILRI-World Bank Group side event at the Borlaug Dialogue. Presentation slides to be posted soon.