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African livestock and agriculture departments promote new Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP)

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Detail of painted rock art (pastoral period?) from Karkur Talh, Egypt (via British Museum)

Vincent Ngari and Richard Githaiga of the Departments of Livestock and Agriculture, while making presentations during the Technical Workshop on Agriculture Index Insurance at the College of Insurance, Nairobi, on Friday, advised farmers to take up the new Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP).

KLIP was rolled out last year by the Ministry of Agriculture, the World Bank and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to compensate farmers who buy insurance cover against the effects of drought. It aims to reduce the impact of risk to farmers, increase farmers’ access to inputs through credit, improve agricultural productivity, provide social protection to the poor and reduce the economy’s vulnerability to the effects of natural hazards.

‘The programme targets 14 pastoral counties of Northern Kenya:
Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Kajiado and Narok.

‘Githaiga called on the Government to promote the development of a viable agricultural insurance market through a private public partnership framework. . . .

‘Joseph Owuor from IRA noted that the firm has from August 2014, embarked on setting a legal and regulatory framework for index based insurance (IBI) in the Kenyan market. . . .

Read the whole article at The Standard (Kenya) newspaper: Farmers urged to take up insurance cover against drought, 12 Jun 2016.

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