Can technology help insurance reach more farmers? Inside the research to find out

Facilitator Catherine begins the focus group discussion in Maluwa village by introducing the concept of weather-index insurance.
The views of farmland on arrival into Blantyre airport.

Weather-index insurance

Insurance provides security from droughts and means that I can prepare for the future.” — Edward Bawe, member of Kalima village, Chikwawa district

SatWIN-ALERT team members Thabbie and Laura meet with facilitators before a busy day of surveys.
Participants included men and women with a good knowledge of conditions in the village since 1983.

Participatory research

Focus group participants were split into two groups to identify the nine worst drought years since 1983.

People are very willing to participate because they understand that insurance schemes based on their input will benefit their community in the long-run.” — Dr Thabbie Chilongo, coordinator of the Malawian field mission, Centre for Agricultural Research and Development

There was plenty of time for discussion and for all participants to voice their thoughts.

The question of scaling

Participants head home after the focus group discussion in Maluwa village.

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