Information remains one of the key agricultural risk management (ARM) decision-making tool for farmers, governments and investors alike. Detailed information and accessibility for ARM are particularly demanding. The purpose of this report is to summarize the research results from a study that accessed the availability and quality of information for agricultural risk management purposes across seven sub-Saharan African countries.
The study considers risk stemming from seven main thematic sources, which are; Meteorological, climate, and soils; Satellite image & Communications; Prices of commodities, inputs and market components; Production levels and yields, Plant health; Animal and human health; Policy; and Socio-economic and sectorial. Both the existence and quality of information and the comparative analysis across the seven thematic areas and the seven countries are assessed.
PARM (2016). Information Systems for Agricultural Risk Management in PARM Countries – (by CEIGRAM and VISAVET). Rome: IFAD/PARM. Available at: http://p4arm.org/document/information-systems-for-agricultural-risk-management-in-africa