VanderSat and ACRE Africa are now running an official Soil Moisture index insurance for Kenyan maize farmers. This project is called aMaizing and is funded by the SBIR call Food Security of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The insurance is underwritten by a Kenyan insurer and has now been distributed to a large group of Kenyan smallholder maize farmers in the counties Bungoma and Machakos.
One of the major challenges we are facing in this project is how to overcome gender inequality. Unfortunately, this is still a large issue in Kenya. We want to make sure that our products are not contributing to this inequality. Therefore, we have a gender expert involved. In this way we make sure our products are tailored to the roles of both women and men.
Our aim is to reach out to 2.7 mln farmers in 10 years and to insure 625.000 of them with our aMaizing product. Thereby improving their agricultural practises, climate resilience and ultimately their food security.