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14 Mar 2013 description
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Delft, March 2013

Aiming to serve all African farmers, FESA Micro-insurance is growing fast. But, large scale crop insurance puts special demands. Using automated insurance design and monitoring tools, EARS has developed a geo-information approach to crop insurance. Mapped insurance designs can be provided for the entire region, thus allowing for unrestricted sales. This enhanced capability is also reflected in the offer to develop proof-of-concept, free drought insurance design.

03 Sep 2012 description
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FESA Micro-insurance has developed drought and excessive precipitation insurance using 30 year of Meteosat data. In 2012 the technology has reached considerable scale, insuring potentially several hundred thousands of farmers. A major step towards affordable crop insurance, which will help African farmers to invest in better seed and fertilizer and in this way realize higher crop production and income.

Delft, September 3, 2012

30 Sep 2009 description
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Following the alarming food security warning from Niger on 29 January 2010 (see message below) we have reviewed our FAST crop yield estimate for the 2009 growing season for West Africa. Please find below our Sorghum difference yield map, averaged by province. It is based on hourly Meteosat data of the whole 2009 growing season and the previous 5 year. These data have been processed to daily temperature, radiation and evapotranspiration, which then feed a crop growth model.

11 Aug 2009 description
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11 August 2009 - In Nigeria, the overall yield prospects are good with surpluses of +6% to +12% relative to the 5 years average. In the main maize growing areas, yields could be 18% higher than last year.

11 Aug 2009 description
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11 August 2009 - In Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal slightly above (up to +5%) five year average yields are anticipated. However local differences within these countries are seen. In Sierra Leone, Benin, Liberia and Togo slightly reduced sorghum yields of -2% to -3% are expected due to drought during the growing season. Sorghum and millet yield prospects are normal for Guinea and Guinea-Bissau (0%). In Niger the prospects are favorable, yield forecasts are 10% higher than last year and the five year average.

11 Jul 2009 description
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14 July 2009 - In Nigeria, the overall yield prospects are very good with surpluses of +11% in all growing areas and +21% compared to the 5 years average and +27% compared to previous year in the main maize growing areas.
 
11 Jul 2009 description
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14 July 2009 - In Gambia, Togo, Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Benin and Central African Republic normal yields to slightly above (+5%) five year average yields are anticipated. However local differences within these countries are seen.
 

In Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Sudan slightly reduced sorghum yields up to -6% are expected due to drought during the growing season. Maize yield prospects are good for Guinea-Bissau with an estimated surplus of about +9% relative to the 5 yr mean in the main growing areas. 
 
15 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Mali and Senegal where outputs of +4% to +7% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +2% to +4% relative to the 5 yr mean.

15 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects for sorghum and millet are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, Mali and Nigeria, where outputs of +2% to +10% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +3% relative to the 5 yr mean. In Ivory Coast and Togo the conditions are also good.

03 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects for sorghum and millet are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, Mali and Nigeria, where outputs of +2% to +10% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +3% relative to the 5 yr mean. In Ivory Coast and Togo the conditions are also good.

03 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Mali and Senegal where outputs of +4% to +6% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +2% to +4% relative to the 5 yr mean.

28 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal where outputs of +4% to +8% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries.

28 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects for sorghum and millet are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria, where outputs of +2% to +9% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +3% relative to the 5 yr mean. In Ivory Coast and Togo the conditions have improved the past half month.

13 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects for sorghum and millet are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria, where outputs of +2% to +7% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Chad, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast and Togo, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +4% relative to the 5 yr mean.

13 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal where outputs of +6% to +10% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +4% to +5% relative to the 5 yr mean.

01 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Overall yield prospects are good in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal where outputs of +7% to +12% above the 5 yr average are anticipated. However there are local differences within these countries. In Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, the overall yield prospects are also positive with an estimated surplus of about +4% relative to the 5 yr mean.

10 Jul 2008 description
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Yield prospects are favourable for most countries, above average output is anticipated in the main growing areas in Central African Republic, Nigeria, Benin, Ivory Cost, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea. The maize yield is forecasted to be less favourable in Western Burkina Faso, an important crop production area for West Africa. The affected provinces in Burkina Faso are Bougouriba, Boulkiemde, Houet, Mou Houn, Poni, Sanguie Sissili and Sourou. Also some areas in Koulikoro province in Mali are affected but the province forecast of Koulikoro is still positive (+ 0.4%).