|Venture Name:||United Nations World Food Programme R4 Rural Resilience Initiative|
|Subtitle:||Building climate resilience for African smallholder farmers|
|Case study date:||September 2021|
|Location:||Zimbabwe and Mozambique|
Since 2018, Blue Marble has worked with United Nations World Food Programme R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) to provide weather index insurance to vulnerable populations in Southern Africa. The initiative protects smallholder farmers against climate change by supporting their sustainable management of climate risks, thereby increasing food and income security.
Climate change has severely impacted Zimbabwe and Mozambique in recent years. For example, El Niño events in the 2015/2016 and 2019/2020 seasons caused severe droughts that left approximately 10 million people food insecure.
Working in collaboration with R4 and the insurers Old Mutual and Holland Insurance, Blue Marble developed insurance solutions to address this problem and provide farmers with food and income security through\risk reduction, risk transfer, prudent risk-taking and building risk reserves.
To launch the program, Blue Marble co-developed a unique, shared-value ecosystem.
Blue Marble designed and delivered tailor-made, digitized weather index and area yield insurance for the most severe climate risks.
We are delivering a meaningful impact with consistent year-over- year growth in the number of farmers, sum-insured value and hectares protected.
“R4 has broken new ground in the field of climate risk management by enabling the poorest farmers to pay for crop insurance with their own labor.” World Food Programme.