The Tech Awards 2013 laureate: Kilimo Salama: Syngenta Foundation

Video commissioned by The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Country: Kenya, Rwanda

Problem: Traditional agricultural insurance is too expensive for most farmers.

Solution: A weather index insurance uses proxies to estimate farm losses while payouts are calculated automatically and sent via mobile phone to a farmer’s “mobile wallet.” No claims, no farm visits.

Impact: 100,000 insured farmers in Kenya and Rwanda increased annual income by 16% and invested 20% more in their farms than uninsured neighbors.

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