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GTZ require consultant for agricultural insurance projects

GTZ are looking for a consultant (actuary) for their agricultural insurance projects capable of designing, rating and pricing an index based crop insurance product for tobacco farmers. The assignment entails a three-week mission to the province of Fujian, China. Framework conditions (e.g. data availability) seem quite favourable. Due to the seasonality in crop insurance, the mission should take place as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact Susanne Schellhardt

MicroEnsure's Richard Leftley speaks at Result UK conference

Results UK, 6 October 2010

Yesterday Results UK held its September conference call, which looked into how microinsurance for crops can help protect poor farmers against the effects of climate change.

The invited speaker Richard Leftley explained the massive impact that microinsurance has had in the countries his organisation, MicroEnsure, works. He described how many small farmers in Malawi do not plant all the land they have access to because they do not have enough seed. Their yields are therefore consistently low, and Richard explained that during Malawi’s ‘hungry season’ – the period towards the end of the rainy season when the old food stocks are exhausted and the new harvest not yet ready – most poor farmers expect to lose at least one member of their family in bad years.

The recording of the call is available online

Information sheets and an easy-learning exercice are also available

Microinsurance Innovation Facility invites research grant applications by September 30

The Microinsurance Innovation Facility and the European Development Research Network (EUDN) invite academic researchers to submit proposals for research that will contribute new knowledge to support microinsurance development in developing countries.

The Facility offers small research grants on a competitive basis for academics, particularly from developing countries, to analyse various microinsurance issues. Besides answering key questions in the Facility's research agenda, these grants are intended to increase the supply of knowledgeable microinsurance experts and promote microinsurance in academic circles.

Applications should be submitted by September 30, 2010 at 12pm (noon) CET.

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