Government of the Republic of Kenya
Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Swiss Re
The World Bank Group
International Livestock Research Institute

GIZ - Swiss Re –

Executive Seminar on Index-Based Livestock Insurance

17, Apr 2018 - 20, Apr 2018 Kenya, Mombasa


Capacity building seminar on Agriculture Insurance - April 2018

Droughts threaten the livelihood of pastoralists in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya. With climate change, prolonged and recurrent droughts are expected to become even more frequent in the years to come. To address this challenge, the Government of Kenya through the State Department of Livestock (SDL) and the private insurance sector joined hands to implement the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) in 2014 with support of the World Bank. KLIP is an index-based livestock insurance program that seeks to hedge pastoralists against drought-related risks. The program covers close to 80,000 people and 66,000 livestock units. Since 2014, KLIP has made payouts of more than KSh 700 million to 32,000 pastoralists in need of drought assistance.

In March 2017, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Swiss Re through their Strategic Alliance on Climate Risk Transfer Solutions (STA) conducted a workshop on “Advancing Agriculture Insurance in Kenya through Sustainable Public-Private Partnerships” in Nairobi. One of the results from the exchange was a proposal to conduct capacity-building events on agriculture insurance for high-level stakeholders.

Against this background, STA in collaboration with SDL is organising two executive seminars on KLIP targeting policy makers at national and county governments. The seminars are scheduled to take place in Mombasa in the week of 16th April 2018 with the objective of equipping high-level public stakeholders in Kenya with agriculture insurance knowledge.

The first seminar (17-18 April) is geared to Members of the National Assembly and will draw representation from the Committees for Agriculture, Appropriations and Implementation and from members of the Senate who are part of the Agriculture Committee. The second seminar (19-20 April) targets the technical officers responsible for disaster risk management and budgeting in the National Treasury and county officials from areas where KLIP is active.

Both seminar agendas include the following topics:

  • KLIP product design and its benefits for the pastoralists in the Kenyan ASAL
  • Role of the public sector in the development of the agricultural insurance market
  • Role and experience of the private sector in the design and implementation of livestock insurance and disaster financing

Key concepts

The workshop worked under the following objectives


Examine the necessary elements (potential and existing) and enabling policy environments necessary to allow insurance to play a complementary role in managing climate-related risks in the context of developing countries and emerging economies.


Better assist climate negotiators and give added political momentum to a set of options about implementing climate risk insurance solutions in an integrated risk management approach, considering the upcoming important policy making milestones at international level since 2015.


Collect and distil lessons learned and good practices from experts’ experience in the fields of weather risk insurance, disaster risk reduction and adaptation to create a stronger evidence base on how insurance can be used as a tool for reducing climate risks.

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Dr. Alexander Jäger
Team Leader - Agricultural and Climate Risk Insurance - GIZ
Ayham Esmaiel
Advisor - Agricultural and Climate Risk Insurance - GIZ

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