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Ethiopian crop insurance and the secret Farm Bill

Date Published: 
11/24/2011
Summary: 

In late October at Dulles Airport, I bid farewell to Silas Buru, an Ethiopian woman farmer, and Mr. Mengesha Gebremichael, a Relief Society of Tigray staffer. The three of us had spent two weeks together on a speaking tour highlighting an innovative risk management and agricultural weather insurance program called HARITA. The project is now being scaled to Senegal and other countries through a collaboration between Oxfam America and the World Food Programme, called the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative.