January 9, 2013

A cloud-piercing 24/7 eye in the sky


An article on recent advances in remote sensing has been published by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Rice Today. A case in point is the availability of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors on board satellites, such as the COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) constellation. These sensors can deliver precise and timely information about the status […]Read more

October 22, 2012

Training on RICEscape modeling mentioned at The Hindu

The Hindu featured information on a RICEscape modelling training course taking place at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). Local partners of the RIICE project were trained by sarmap on how to use remote sensing and crop modelling to obtain reliable figures on agriculture. Read the entire article on The Hindu website.Read more

June 18, 2012

RIICE project announcement at the IRRI website

Farmers are often at risk of losing investments in their farms due to uncertainties in weather, diseases, and pest outbreaks. Lost along with these investments are income, livelihood, and security. A public-private partnership seeking to provide accurate tools in decision-making to support farmer insurance, is underway. These tools are seen as means to reduce uncertainty […]Read more

June 1, 2012

RIICE Mentioned at


Brendan Millan has posted a brief description of the RIICE project at, a website that covers microfinance. Link to the article at “Allianz to Use Satellites to Insure Small-scale Farmers in Asia”Read more

May 31, 2012

Wall Street Journal Features RIICE Project


The RIICE project was featured today in a Wall Street Journal piece, “Allianz Looks to New Satellites to Insure Small Farmers.” The article’s author Erik Holm describes RIICE as “a three-year pilot project to test the possibility of using new, highly detailed satellite images to significantly cut the cost of selling crop protection in even […]Read more

May 28, 2012

Sun.Star Reports on RIICE Agreement in the Philippines

The Philippine news website, Sun.Star, reported today about the signing of the agreement between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and six partners: the Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, the Philippine Rice Research Institute, and the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association. […]Read more

May 15, 2012

RIICE Coverage on Devex


Michael Anthony from Allianz Re and the RIICE project has published an article on the website of the international development network, Devex, website entitled “Supporting Food Security through Remote Sensing Technology,” describing the RIICE project. Anthony writes: “One of the shortcomings of existing schemes in developing countries and emerging economies is also the time it […]Read more

April 20, 2012

RIICE Project Description at sarmap


RIICE partner organization sarmap features a detailed description of the project on their website, including the benefits of using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. It also includes some example images of crop growth generated using high resolution SAR data. Please visit the sarmap website for more information.Read more

March 15, 2012

A new insurance product to help when crops fail


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) joins forces with Allianz and SDC. More than five million small-scale farmers and their families will in future be able to protect themselves against ruin when their crops fail, thanks to insurance policies. The policies will be available in seven countries. In an initial phase, around 30 million […]Read more

January 27, 2012

Better information on rice will help to stabilize food security in Asia


Munich – A group of risk transfer experts, among them Allianz Re, have joined forces to observe and forecast rice growth in developing countries through satellite technology and link it to insurance solutions to improve food security of more than five million small-holder farmers in developing countries in Asia. Dubbed “Remote sensing-based Information and Insurance […]Read more