Kenyan farmers are being urged to take up agriculture insurance cover for both their crops and livestock to mitigate increasing financial losses due to ADVERSE CLIMATE SHOCKS.
While farmers have control over what they decide to plant or the animals they keep, the success of any venture depends on mother nature’s providence.
And she hasn’t been on side in recent years.
Claims incurred on crop insurance amounted to Kshs 621.2 Million in 2017 compared to Kshs 124.8 Million in 2016 — an almost 400% increase.
AKI blames this rise on the poor weather experienced in late 2016 to 2017.
A Crop Prospects and Food Situation report states that last year, cereal production in East Africa dropped by 7.2% with 2018 forecasts showing an even harder fall.
According to FAO, this year’s poor harvest stems from severe early frosts, a shift in the rainfall pattern and other adverse climatic shocks.
Seasonal rainfall in Kenya is 80% below average.
Kenya is categorised among countries with severe localised food insecurity.
Other countries in need of external food assistance are listed as Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Look for these countries to be the first to go down as the GSM hits hard in 2019.