During the months that Jonathan Malacarne spent traveling from village to village in rural Mozambique, the weather could be dry and dusty or soaking wet from heavy rain. Either way, people from the community would walk and ride bikes from miles away to meet under the shade of a tree or in a classroom to learn about insured maize seeds.
High-quality agricultural index insurance has shown promise in promoting resilience among small-scale farmers who face a constant risk of drought and other weather-related shocks. However, despite decades of investments this tool has yet to achieve its broadest impact in part because of low-quality contracts that don’t reliably pay farmers for losses and that sometimes pay when there are none.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access (AMA Innovation Lab) conducts and supports research on policies and programs designed to help poor and smallholder farmers in developing economies to manage risk, adopt productive technologies and take an active part in economic growth.
AMA Innovation Lab affiliates at UC Davis and around the globe lead research in key areas that manage risk, develop markets, and encourage the adoption of productive technologies that hold transformative potential for the 800 million worldwide who are chronically undernourished.