Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Borena Household Survey Round 1-4

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Created Friday 15th of August, 2014
Last updated Friday 29th of June, 2018
Dataset type Non-spatial
Abstract This survey was conducted as part of research and development activities under the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) project in the Borena Zone of Ethiopia. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and in collaboration with Cornell University and implementing partners Oromia Insurance Company (OIC) and Oromia Credits and Saving Share Company (OCSSCO) piloted in August 2012 a market-mediated index-based insurance product, designed to protect pastoralists from drought-related livestock mortality, on the Borena plateau of Southern Ethiopia. The basic product design, household survey, and evaluation strategy mimic and complement that of a previously designed IBLI product in the Marsabit district of Northern Kenya, first rolled out two years earlier (2010). To better understand and monitor the success of IBLI as well as the various encouragement techniques and interventions implemented alongside the IBLI roll-out, there is the need for continuous impact evaluation and assessment, tracking IBLI uptake and the changes in well-being of individual households that can be attributed to the program and product. To that end, the IBLI team carried out a pre-intervention baseline survey (February-March 2012) and followed it with annual rounds in 2013, 2014, and 2015, once IBLI had already been made available to households in Borena. For more general information on the research and development process of the IBLI product, the pilot, or its launch in Borena visit and
Principal investigator Andrew Mude
Partners Chris Barrett, Russell Toth, Megan Sheahan, Samuel Mburu, Kazushi Takahashi, Liz Bageant, Nathaniel Jensen, Kibrom Hirfrfot, Amy Kahn
Other researchers involved Munenobu Ikegami, Birhanu Taddesse, Wako Gobu, Anne Gesare, Philemon Chelanga, Oscar Naibei, Eddy Chebelyon, Mohamed Shibia,
Contact person Munenobu Ikegami
Contact email
Sub-National Level
  • Oromia Region
  • Borena Zone
Data collected from 01/03/2012
Availability date 15/08/2014
License Creative Commons Attribution
Release of confidential data? No
Consent obtained? No
Citation Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Borena Household Survey Round 1-3
Acknowledgements This publication was made possible by access to data collected by the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Project, a collaborative effort of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Cornell University, Syracuse University, the BASIS Research Program at the University of California at Davis, the University of Sydney, and the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE)-JETRO. Data collection was made possible, in part, by support provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Agreement No. LAG---A---00---96---90016---00 through Broadening Access and Strengthening Input Market Systems Collaborative Research Support Program (BASIS AMA CRSP), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australia Development Research Awards Scheme under an award titled “The human and environmental impacts of migratory pastoralism in arid and semi-arid East Africa”, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)-26301021,and CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Dryland Systems. All views and interpretations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the supporting or cooperating institutions.
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Project title Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Project
Project abstract Since 2008, ILRI and its partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors have pursued a comprehensive research agenda aimed at designing, developing, and implementing market-mediated index-based insurance to protect livestock keepers from drought related asset losses, particularly those in the drought prone Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). For pastoralists whose livelihoods rely solely or partly on livestock, the resulting high livestock mortality rate has devastating effects on asset levels, rendering them among the most vulnerable populations in Kenya and Ethiopia. Index-based insurance represents an exciting innovation that could allow vulnerable rural smallholder farmers and livestock keepers to benefit from insurance and thus reduce climate-related risk. Because index insurance is based on the realization of an outcome that cannot be influenced by insurers or policy holders (such as the amount and distribution of rainfall over a season), it has a relatively simple and transparent structure. This makes such products easier to administer and consequently more cost-effective to develop and trade. Indeed the success of several pilot programs in India and various countries in Africa and Latin America has proven the feasibility and affordability of such products.
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Grant code UOC001 IS04 ADD, CG703 IS03 ADD
Donor USAID, UKAID, AusAID, World Bank, ILO, BASIS, I4, CRP7, CRP1.1
Partners Cornell University, the BASIS Research Program at the University of California at Davis, the University of Sydney, Syracuse University, Oromiya Insurance Company, Oromia Credits and Saving Share Company (OCSSCO), APA Insurance Company, Takaful Insurance
Start date 01/01/2008
End date 31/03/2016
Principal investigator Andrew Mude
Other staff involved Munenobu Ikegami, Bryn Davies, Apurba Shee, Brenda Wandera, Birhanu Taddesse, Wako Gobu, Anne Gesare, Philemon Chelanga, Oscar Naibei, Eddy Chebelyon, Mohamed Shibia, Diba Galgallo, Rupsha Banerjee, Duncan Khalai