Policy Workshop

Developing Policy Innovations for the Pastoralist Rangelands through Cross-Sector Partnerships

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

John Vercoe (JVC) Auditorium

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya

The Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) program represents a fruitful cross-sector partnership, bringing together academic researchers, policymakers, private sector partners, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop an innovation to improve livelihoods on the pastoralist rangelands of East Africa. How will this innovative partnership continue to evolve as IBLI looks to scale, and what possibilities are there to develop similar synergies in other policy domains?

We are organizing a workshop on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, to bring together stakeholders interested in emerging innovations to improve socio-economic outcomes on the pastoralist rangelands of Kenya and beyond. We seek to engage policymakers, government officials, private sector actors, donors, and academics. The workshop will be highly interactive, combining plenary presentations, panel discussions, question-and-answer periods, and opportunities for more informal interaction amongst attendees.

The morning session of the workshop will be focused on assessing and drawing out insights from the cross-sector partnership behind the IBLI program, and the emerging livestock microinsurance agenda in Kenya. The session will include a keynote presentations on the IBLI agenda, and the development and scale-up of (livestock) microinsurance more broadly. It will include inputs from private sector and government actors highlighting the role of research in helping to develop IBLI and the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP). The session will close with a panel Q&A to address emerging questions from the presentations.

The afternoon session will be focused on a number of emerging innovations, some of which have grown out of the IBLI program. The first segment highlights new ways in which technology such as mobile phones, GPS tracking collars and remote sensing data are being used to develop a deeper understanding of the pastoralist livelihood and policy innovations on the rangelands. The second segment focuses on emerging interest in feed and fodders and research and policy directions in this area. Each segment will close with a Q&A session to further identify and discus pressing questions on each of these topics.

We hope that you will be able to participate and we look forward to welcoming your contributions to the discussion and the ongoing policy and research agenda. Policy workshop Agenda



8:00 – 8:30

Registration, tea and coffee

Morning session

IBLI, KLIP and Cross-sector Partnership for Livestock Microinsurance
in Kenya

8:30 – 9:00

Welcome to Workshop and Introduction

Dr. Polly Ericksen, Director- Livestock, Systems and Environment
Programme, ILRI

9 – 9:45

Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI): From Research to Practice and Impact

Dr. Andrew Mude,
Principal Economist and IBLI Project Leader, ILRI

9:45 – 10:10

Public-Private Partnerships for Scaling out IBLI: Implementing the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program agenda

Mr. Vincent
Githinji, Deputy-Director, State Department of Livestock, Kenya

– 10:30

Coffee and tea break

10:30 – 10:55

From Research to (Private Sector) Practice: Research Inputs to Expansion of IBLI and New Questions

Mr. Hassan Bashir, CEO, Takaful Insurance

10:55 – 11:40

Key Policy Questions Around the Design and Implementation of Index-insurance Initiatives
More Generally

Michael Carter, Director of the Index-Insurance Innovation Initiative and
Professor of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis, USA

11:40 – 12:30

Panel discussion Q&A

– 1:30


Afternoon session

Emerging Innovations for the Rangelands

1:30 – 3:00

Emerging Innovations Using ICT and Remote Sensing

1:30 – 2:00

Determinants of Migration and Environmental Spillovers of IBLI

Dr. Russell Toth, the University of Sydney, Australia

2:00 – 2:15

Crowdsourcing of Rangeland Conditions

Dr. Nathan Jensen, Cornell University, USA

2:15 – 2:30

Using ICT to Improve Extension and Monitoring

Dr. Elizabeth Lyons, UC San Diego, USA

2:30 – 3:00

Panel discussion Q&A

3:00 – 3:30

Coffee and tea break

3:30 – 5:00

Improved Feed and Forage Management for Dryland
Livestock Value Chains

3:30 – 4:00

Feed and Fodders as Agricultural Technology for Credit and Investment

Professor John McPeak, Syracuse University, USA

4:00 – 4:30

New Policy Directions around Feed and Fodders

Dr. Polly Ericksen, Director- Livestock, Systems and Environment
Programme, ILRI

4:30 – 5:00

Panel discussion Q&A

5:00 – 5:15

Closing and thanks

5:15 – 6:30

Cocktail and nibbles



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