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Increasing small-scale production via micro insurance?: Evidence from a field study examining change in production yield of Kenyan small-scale farmers as an effect of Kilimo Salama index crop insurance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Microfinance is a field dedicated to fighting poverty through connecting the poor to formal financial markets. A relatively idle concept within this field is insurance. Though micro insurance throughout has been a relevant and widely discussed element in micro finance, operators have so far failed to introduce a sustainable micro product that reaches the poor. This thesis examines the effect of rather newly presented index micro crop insurance against insufficient rains, Kilimo Salama. The project offers farmers insurance at relatively affordable rates when purchasing certified seeds. Using original data collected from a minor field study executed in the Embu County, in the Eastern district of Kenya, in 2014, this thesis examines the effect of insurance on production yield for small scale maize farmers. A positive relationship indicates insurance coverage does have an indirect effect on production increase. The results show insurance has a positive significant effect on maize yield.

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Insurance, investment, small-scale, maize, index, production yield
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229151DiVA: diva2:735900
Available from: 2014-08-04 Created: 2014-08-04 Last updated: 2014-08-04Bibliographically approved

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