This study is a 3-year program of research, outreach, and education is designed to promote use of index insurance to expand access to credit and increase adoption of improved production practices among African smallholders.
ACET is conducting Randomized Control Trials (RCT) to test whether index insurance backed contingent credit can reduce impact of widespread agricultural loan defaults in the wake of adverse systemic events, allowing lenders to expand access to credit among smallholders and reduce interest rates.
The work entails coordination of 300 farmer based organizations, 12 rural banks, and one insurance company. The project plans to disseminate its findings through conventional academic outlets, including publications in internationally recognized academic journals and presentations at major international and African regional academic conferences.
Outputs include about 5 papers, 6-10 presentations, a technical report and a white paper. The team has engaged with 14 rural banks to issue insurance after the conclusion of a baseline survey. ACET also plans to implement an aggressive outreach and education program aimed at Ghanaian and African stakeholders and policymakers.
This study is sponsored by the USAID-Basis AMA Grant and is implemented in coordination with The Ohio State University and the University of Ghana.