Early assessment of seasonal forage availability for mitigating the impact of drought on East African pastoralists

  title={Early assessment of seasonal forage availability for mitigating the impact of drought on East African pastoralists},
  author={A. Vrieling and M. Meroni and A. Mude and S. Chantarat and C. C. Ummenhofer and Kees de Bie},
  journal={Remote Sensing of Environment},
  • A. Vrieling, M. Meroni, +3 authors Kees de Bie
  • Published 2016
  • Geography
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Abstract Pastoralist households across East Africa face major livestock losses during drought periods that can cause persistent poverty. For Kenya and southern Ethiopia, an existing index insurance scheme aims to reduce the adverse effects of such losses. The scheme insures individual households through an area-aggregated seasonal forage scarcity index derived from remotely-sensed normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) time series. Until recently, insurance contracts covered animal… CONTINUE READING
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