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Vegetation-Index Crop-Insurance in Ethiopia

Agriculture; Land use; Farming; Insurance & Finance


Team composed of University of Twente (technical university based in the Netherlands), VITO (an EO company based in Belgium) and International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) creates together the user-oriented solution targeting small farm holders. The service is in demand because of the increased intensity and frequency of drought and associated impacts on the environment and societies. Our unique workflow and use of long term Earth observation data has been shown to provide accurate, timely and highly spatially detailed information on drought. We address specific requests to repurpose and repackage the existing workflow to meet user needs beyond the original use case in Ethiopia.


The service will consist of (i) detecting and insuring false starts of the main growing season, (ii) introducing a ‘new-generation’ drought monitoring service that provides locally accurate semi-quantitative impact assessments (0-100%), and (iii) creating support through a versatile App to create ground-inventories of farmers assessments regarding suffered yield-gaps.


  • Financial stability of small farmers leading to growth of the communtities
  • More efficient risk-mitigation measures
  • More sustainable development of the agriculture sector in regions exposed to droughts
  • Easily accessible monitoring of the yields

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