Micro-insurance for 5 million Smallholder Rice Farmers in Asia
RIICE is the name given to a public-private development partnership project that combines technological innovation and crop insurance. Its purpose: to improve food security by providing micro-insurance against crop losses and to enhance forecasting capacities thanks to vanguard satellite technology. Millions of smallholder rice farmers in Asia should benefit from this innovative project.
A group of experts have joined forces to observe and forecast rice growth in developing countries through satellite technology. Called RIICE for Remote sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging economies, the project makes use of remote sensing technology to make available an independent and transparent tool to ascertain rice information in developing countries. Linked to micro-insurance solutions, it aims at improving food security for more than five million smallholder farmers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Globally, 20 million hectares of rice fields are vulnerable to flooding, including the major rice producing areas in Asia. Consequently, countries require accurate information on rice production to better forecast supply and match with the demand. Also, new adaptation mechanisms will stabilize the incomes of smallholder farmers and increase their resilience to climate-related crop losses.
Transferring the risks to the private insurance sector
Map and monitor rice production for yield forecasting
Insurance solutions for smallholder farmers
A holistic approach to complex problems
|The project in brief
Country / Region
South East Asia
IRRI - the International Rice Research Institute
sarmap - a Swiss-based remote sensing company
GIZ - the German development organisation
Increased frequency and severity of flood and drought events due to changing climatic patterns has led to increasing insecurity and instability of crop production.
Reduce vulnerability of smallholder farmers in rice production caused by natural disasters.
Ultimate target group: 5 million smallholder rice farmers in selected countries of South East Asia.
SDC Budget 2011-2015:
CHF 5 million
Contribution of the other partners 2011- 2015: CHF 7.million
2011 – 2017
Additional Information and Documents
- Factsheet RIICE Project
Download (PDF, 37 KB) : [en]
- RIICE Press release
Download (PDF, 90 KB) : [en]
- Maxi Project for Micro-Insurance for Small Farmers
- Rural finance