Kenya - Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL) - INSURED – February 2022
Francis Musyoki is a smallholder farmer in the village of Kiatineni, in Machakos County. He takes part in the IFAD/EU-funded KCEP-CRAL. He has installed a rain gauge on his farm and shares the data captured through a county WhatsApp group. The members are various other farmers across the county who have also installed rain gauges and capture rain data. They also receive weekly weather forecasts through the group. He is one of the few farmers in Machakos who share rain data with the Kenya Metrological Department. He posts the information daily on the Metrological Department’s WhatsApp group.
The Insurance for Rural Resilience and Economic Development programme (INSURED) partnered with KCEP-CRAL to accelerate a form of crop insurance known as area yield index insurance (AYII). Africa-based insurtech company, Pula Advisors, had piloted the insurance product to smallholders taking part in KCEP-CRAL in the targeted arid and semi-arid lands and enrolled in the e-voucher scheme, in close partnership with a pool of local insurers and respective county stakeholders in Kenya. Under the AYII scheme, payouts are made in the event of harvests falling below an established trigger point.
Farmers participating in the European Union and IFAD co-financed Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme-Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL) are enrolled in an innovative e-voucher scheme, which enables them to make digital payments for improved agricultural inputs, services and technologies. Customized ring-fenced debit cards are used at accredited agrodealers for purchases and transactions of an annually validated and valued e-voucher package (crop insurance is one of the six e-wallets). As the farmers transition through the programme, their co-contributions to the value of the e-voucher package increase.
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