People and Partners

Meet the Team

´╗┐Emily Black
University of Reading
Principal Investigator
Rahel Diro
IRI, Columbia University
Co-Principal Investigator
Dan Osgood
IRI, Columbia University
Ross Maidment
University of Reading
Bristol Powell
IRI, Columbia University
Laura Hoffman-Hernandez
IRI, Columbia University
Thabbie Chilongo
CARD, Lilongwe University
Co-Principal Investigator
Helen Greatrex
Penn State University
Co-Principal Investigator
Victoria Boult
University of Reading
Sari Lucille Blakeley
UC Santa Barbara
Miriam Nielsen
IRI, Columbia University
Nabilah Islam
IRI, Columbia University

Index-Insurance Partners

Pula works to provide agricultural insurance across eight countries in Africa and Asia, aiming to use technology to insure the approximately 1.5 billion smallholders currently farming across the world.

Blue Marble aims to protect smallholder farmers in Africa from extreme weather events by addressing financial vulnerability and provisioning affordable insurance.

Risk Shield specializes in Micro-insurance and Weather-Index insurance development, delivering insurance solutions to over 25 countries and extensively across sub-Saharan Africa.

The African Risk Capacity (ARC), a specialized agency of the African Union, established to enable countries to strengthen disaster risk management and respond to events through capacity building and innovative financial mechanisms.

R4 Rural Resilience Initiative

Established by the World Food Programme and Oxfam America, the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative promotes resiliency of African farmers through a holistic mix of insurance, risk reduction tools, access to credit and access to savings.

The One Acre Fund assists rural smallholders in achieving prosperity and food security through market-based strategies and the promoting the utilization of effective financial instruments.