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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

29 Jul 2011 description
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Very low maize yields for most countries in the Eastern Africa region. The maize yields for the entire Eastern Africa region are expected to be very poor for most countries and food shortages can be expected to continue. This is most notable in the main growing areas of maize in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia with yields between -8% and -14% from the 5-year average. With the worst drought in 60 years the famine can be expected to spread out through the region as crop yields are likely to remain far below the average yields.

29 Jul 2011 description
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INTRODUCTION

The present document provides a preliminary forecast of crop yield expected at the end of the current growing season. Forecasts are provided from halfway the growing season (70 growing days). Although at that time the most critical stages of crop development have passed, the final outcome may still be subject to some change depending on how the second half of the season proceeds. Our forecasts are updated with the most recent satellite data available and distributed through email on a personal subscription basis every ten days.

11 Aug 2009 description
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11 August 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 15% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 50%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -10% is foreseen.

11 Aug 2009 description
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11 August 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley Province, yields are expected to be 17% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 35%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -7% is foreseen.

11 Jul 2009 description
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14 July 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 17% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 50%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -9% is foreseen.
 
In Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya very dry conditions are seen in all sorghum growing areas. Due to reduced water availability and poor crop growth, well below average yields of -9% to -14 % are expected. The yields will be 5% to 10% lower than last year.
 
11 Jul 2009 description
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14 July 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 20% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 60%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -7% is foreseen.
 
In Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya very dry conditions are seen in all maize growing areas. Due to reduced water availability and poor crop growth, well below average yields of -15% to -20 % are expected. The yields will be 10% to 20% lower than last year.
 
29 Jan 2009 description
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In the southeastern part (Kajiado) of Rift Valley the growing season until now has been very unfavorable and dry. Maize yields could be at least 15% to 20% lower than average and considerably lower than last year due to drought. A large area of Kajiado has been dry with possible yield decreases of about -15%. Exception is the most southwestern part of Kajiado in the bimodal growing areas, near the border to Tanzania where situation is better compared to the 5 years historical average (+5%), but lower than last year (-10%).

21 Jan 2009 description
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29 January 2009 - In the southeastern part (Kajiado) of Rift Valley the growing season until now has been very unfavorable and dry. Maize yields could be at least 15% to 20% lower than average and considerably lower than last year due to drought. A large area of Kajiado has been dry with possible yield decreases of about -15%. Exception is the most southwestern part of Kajiado in the bimodal growing areas, near the border to Tanzania where situation is better compared to the 5 years historical average (+5%), but lower than last year (-10%).
15 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya and Eritrea face reduced yields of respectively -7% and -4% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan water availability has increased past half month and better growing conditions are seen in Darfur and Kordofan. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, yield decreases (-15%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Slightly above average yields are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda.

15 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya and Somalia face reduced yields of respectively -5%, -2% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-15%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average. In Rwanda slightly above normal (+2%) yield outputs are foreseen.

03 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya and Eritrea face reduced yields of respectively -7% and -6% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including large parts of Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Slightly above average yields are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level maize outputs are expected to be closely above average (+3%).

03 Sep 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya and Somalia face reduced yields of respectively -5%, -4% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-15%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average. In Rwanda slightly above normal (+2%) yield outputs are foreseen.

27 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face reduced yields of respectively -6%, -4% and -2% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average (- 1%). In Rwanda normal yield outputs are foreseen.

27 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya and Burundi face reduced yields of respectively -10% and -6% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including large parts of Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, lyield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Smaller decreases to normal yields are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda.

13 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya and Eritrea face considerably reduced yields of respectively -11% and -6% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, yield decreases are expected in the east of Burundi (-10%) and the north of Tanzania (-15%). Normal yields are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level maize outputs are slightly above average (2.5%).

13 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face reduced yields of respectively -7%, -3% and -3% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average (- 1%). In Rwanda no change to the previous year or the 5 yrs average is seen.

01 Aug 2008 description
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SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face considerably reduced yields of respectively -8%, -5% and -5% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average (-1%). In Rwanda a moderate decrease of -3% is foreseen.