Weather-Index based crop insurance for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia: A Multi-Agency Pilot Project
Dr. Shukri Ahmed, Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization
Ambassador William Garvelink, Senior Adviser, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS
Please join us for a timely discussion on a pilot project underway in Ethiopia utilizing rainfall index insurance to help facilitate access to credit for smallholder farmers. This innovative insurance, combined with credit so as to provide a collateral substitute, can allow farmers to access improved agricultural technologies and ultimately realize increases in productivity. Given the essential role that agriculture plays in the Ethiopian economy, this approach can have a significant impact on reducing poverty. Dr. Shukri Ahmed of the FAO will deliver a presentation on this innovative project, followed by a discussion session moderated by Ambassador William Garvelink of CSIS.