What RIICE achieved

RIICE offers a feasible, scalable, replicable and sustainable financial risk management product improving adaptive capacity of smallholder farmers in collaboration with the public and private sector.

Since 2013, more than 15 million hectare of rice fields are monitored per year. The RIICE programme trained over 300 representatives of government-linked or government-mandated agricultural institutes to enable them to conduct the fieldwork, process and interpret satellite-based information and run crop simulation models by themselves. Long before harvesting is actually done, the experts can use the satellite data to make predictions about the expected harvest quantity with the help of simulation models – with an accuracy of around 90 percent.

Due to the mapping and forecasting products RIICE is offering, governments are in a position to counteract threatening crop failures at an early stage. Governments are therefore in a position to provide support long before crop failures – because, for example, the seedlings have been destroyed due to unfavorable weather conditions. For example, in November 2015 in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, when weeks of heavy rains flooded entire regions, more than 300 people died in the floods. Moreover, the entire crop and thus the livelihood of 400 rice farmers have been destroyed. With the help of satellite data, government agencies were able to estimate the damage and provide rice farmers with 50 tons of rice seeds and 30,000 seedlings just days after the onset of the rains. Therefore, rice has been re-cultivated immediately after the rains.

In November 2016, the government of Tamil Nadu introduced the RIICE technology into its new insurance system. After a severe drought in 2017, the local insurance partners paid approx. 255 EUR compensation to 15,000 farmers after only 3 months, which normally takes at least one year.

In Cambodia and Vietnam, crop insurance literacy material has been developed and tested in the field. Furthermore, training of trainers took place, so that insurance literacy activities for smallholders are ready to be rolled-out in 2019.