What is WINnERS?
The core of the WINnERS agricultural supply chain de-risking programme consists of a climate service that utilises machine learning to create robust climate risk information for reinsurance and credit guarantees. This allows banks to provide loans to smallholders who have never been able to access credit before.
WINnERS aims to improve the financial inclusion of smallholder farmers in the Global South and create more inclusive and resilient food supply chains across Africa and Europe, ultimately raising total food production and food security across the continents. Currently, part of the programme’s funding is specifically earmarked to promote gender equality and improve the opportunities of women farmers in agricultural supply chains in Tanzania.
To date, WINnERS is one of the most successful programmes within EIT Climate-KIC’s portfolio in terms of external resources attracted. The programme will progressively integrate the innovative technologies, practices and approaches developed within EIT Climate-KIC’s agricultural portfolio, and foster systemic change within global agricultural value chains.
The ARISE project is a series of effective work programmes focusing on five key areas. These include predicting the likelihood of extreme weather events, assessing weather and agricultural risk to farmers, managing supply chain risk for farmers, banks, buyers, food manufacturers and retailers, demonstrating livelihood impacts for smallholder farmers and harmonizing the regulatory environment for insurance products and services in project countries.
The WINnERS Diversity Plus Program is addressing gender bias in access to these types of mechanisms to not only increase the resilience and empowerment of over 25,000 female smallholder farmers by 2021 (52 % of smallholder farmers in Tanzania are women according LSMS World Bank survey) but also increase the impact of the project on addressing hunger, achieving food security and poverty reduction.
EIT Climate-KIC and its partners engaged with banks in several countries across sub-Saharan Africa, successfully securing more than $1 million in funding from the African Development Bank to scale the de-risking service in Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
February, 2019Read More