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Satellite insurance to pay farmers if land turns brown

Insurers will use satellite images of vegetation to assess Kenyan farmers’ claims for cattle deaths during drought.

In a pilot project due to start in early 2010, the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will analyse freely-available satellite data to observe changes in vegetation in northern Kenya.

The technology works by detecting changes in light reflected by live and dead vegetation.

Read more (The Science and Development Network – SciDev.net)

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