The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD),held the second in a series of three trainings on Quality Index Insurance Certification (QUIIC). This was in partnership with the University of California, Davis with the support of USAID on July 29 to August 2, 2019. The first training was held between June 17 and 22, 2019. The second workshop was on Remote Sensing Data Analysis for Agricultural Insurance. The trainings are meant to establish Quality Index Insurance Certification (QUIIC) in East Africa.
This workshop started with a brief introduction to the basics of R programming and using R for spatial data analysis and modelling. The trainees also discussed the basics of Remote Sensing data analysis with R. They worked on case studies relevant to agricultural insurance. The first case study was on estimating variation in feed as a proxy for estimating livestock mortality in northern Kenya; as an input to index based livestock insurance. The second case study was on estimating maize yield variation in Kenya.
Through these case studies, parcipants used remote sensing data from mulple satellites for land cover mapping, and time series analysis to predict forage and crop yield. The course was designed for practioners involved in implementaon or evalution of agricultural insurance programs. It is part two of a three module curriculum. The first part covered the economics of agricultural insurance, and the third part will integrate the first two parts and will focus on quality assurance.
The course was instructed by Dr. Benson Kenduiywo, Dr. Aniruddha Ghosh and Prof. Robert Hijmans. They are all affiliated with the Department of Environmental Science & Policy of the University of California, Davis.