Rice – the main staple food for billions of people in the world.<br/> Photo: IRRI
Rice – the main staple food for billions of people in the world.
Photo: IRRI

12.09.2017

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With the aim of providing direct support to farmers affected by natural disasters, the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) is the main funding source for the RIICE project, which offers more efficient crop insurance for rice smallholder farmers. The project applies Satellite technology that enables the observation of agricultural land over an extended period.

Following a drought, 203,000 smallholders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were paid compensation by the national crop insurance scheme in July 2017. The extent of the damage was determined quickly and accurately using satellite measurement technology. Those affected were thus promptly compensated for their lost rice crops. The special project that lies behind this success is RIICE –  Remote Sensing-Based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies.
   
What connects the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with the Swiss satellite data processing company sarmap, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Asian governmental organisations and the Swiss reinsurance company SwissRe? Together with other partners, all of them are involved in the innovative RIICE (Remote Sensing-Based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies) project, which through its use of cutting-edge technology seeks to revolutionise the information systems on rice cultivation in Cambodia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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