Solution Overview & Team Lead Details

Our Organization

IBISA NETWORK

What is the name of your solution?

INNOVATIVE HEAT INDEX PRODUCT FOR LIVESTOCK

Provide a one-line summary of your solution.

An index-based heat stress insurance product that specifically covers the reduction in milk yield during summer, a major concern for farmers across the globe. Our satellite-based system measures temperature parameters and pays out if the temperature breaches a pre-fixed threshold.

What specific problem are you solving?

Our specific problem within the challenge is the lack of affordable and scalable insurance coverage for livestock owners in India and other similar developing and under developed countries, particularly in the dairy sector. This results in significant financial losses for farmers due to weather-related risks, such as heat stress during summer months, which can lead to a reduction in milk yield.

The scale of the problem is substantial, as India has the world's largest livestock population and is the largest milk producer globally, with over 70 million dairy farmers. Currently, less than 1% of the livestock population is covered under insurance. The factors contributing to the problem include conventional processes, lack of historical data, low digital interventions, and the moral hazard.The problems remain more or less the same in other similar countries as well

Our solution, an index-based heat stress insurance product that specifically covers the reduction in milk yield during summer, aims to address these factors and provide affordable and scalable insurance coverage to a large number of livestock owners. The product uses satellite-based systems to measure temperature parameters and pays out if the temperature breaches a pre-fixed threshold. This innovative scalable and affordable product has the potential to increase the overall resilience of the livestock sector in India and abroad.



What is your solution?

Our index-based heat stress insurance product covers the reduction in milk yield during the summer months in India. It works by using satellite-based systems to measure temperature parameters accurately and transparently. We use the daily maximum temperature as the trigger for claims calculation.

For example, if the temperature breaches a pre-fixed threshold of 40 degrees Celsius for five continuous days, the farmers start receiving a payout. The change in temperature is directly correlated to the fact that there will be yield reduction, and the farmer will be compensated accordingly. The product uses an index-based solution, so farmers do not have to raise individual claims. The payouts are made directly to their bank accounts, and the claims get settled soon after the policy period after the weather data gets published, resulting in faster claim settlement.

Our solution is scalable and affordable, with premium rates as low as $1 per cattle, making it accessible to a large number of livestock owners. It addresses the problem of underpenetration in the livestock insurance market, which is due to conventional processes, lack of historical data, low digital interventions, and the moral hazard. Our product aims to increase the overall resilience of the livestock sector in India by providing insurance coverage to farmers and protecting their livelihoods.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

The target population for our solution is smallholder dairy farmers in India and abroad, particularly those who are currently underserved by the existing livestock insurance products. These farmers make up a large percentage of the dairy sector and face significant financial losses due to weather-related risks such as heat stress during the summer months.

Our solution directly and meaningfully improves the lives of these smallholder dairy farmers by providing them with an affordable and scalable index-based heat stress insurance product. This product covers the reduction in milk yield during the summer months, which is a considerable financial loss for farmers. It is the first of its kind and provides financial assistance against the loss of income due to a reduction in milk yield which was not there earlier.

How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

IBISA is a global insurance technology company that specializes in creating innovative index-based insurance products for underserved communities around the world. Our team has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering insurance products that are affordable, scalable, and sustainable, and we are well-positioned to deliver this solution to the target population of smallholder dairy farmers in India.

We have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by smallholder farmers in developing countries, particularly those in the rural and agricultural sector. Our expertise in designing and delivering index-based insurance products means that we can create innovative solutions that meet the specific needs of these farmers and provide them with much-needed financial protection against weather-related risks.

We have successfully implemented index-based insurance products in several countries, including Africa, Asia, and South America, and we have developed strong partnerships with local stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and microfinance institutions. Our experience and expertise in these markets mean that we are well-equipped to navigate the challenges of delivering insurance products to underserved communities.

Additionally, our team comprises experts in insurance, technology, data analysis, and risk management, ensuring that we have the right mix of skills to deliver a successful product. We have a strong focus on innovation, and we are continuously seeking new ways to leverage technology to create solutions that are accessible, scalable, and sustainable.

Overall, our experience, expertise, and focus on innovation make us the right people to design and deliver this solution to the target population of smallholder dairy farmers in India. We are committed to creating products that have a meaningful impact on people's lives and that contribute to the overall resilience and sustainability of communities around the world.

Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Help communities understand and incorporate climate risk in infrastructure design and planning, including through improved data collection and analysis, integration with existing systems, and aligning financial incentives such as insurance.

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Luxembourg

In what country is your solution team headquartered?

  • India
  • Luxembourg

What is your solution’s stage of development?

Pilot: An organization testing a product, service, or business model with a small number of users

How many people does your solution currently serve?

Our solution for index-based heat stress insurance for smallholder dairy farmers in India was implemented as a pilot project with two entities, a government-led milk cooperative, and a dairy tech start-up, and we were able to enroll over 21,000 farmers within just one month. This rapid enrollment is a testament to the acceptance of our product by the target population and the pressing need for this type of insurance coverage.

We believe that with more time and resources, we can expand our reach and provide our product to even more farmers in India. Our experience in implementing similar products in other countries has shown that these types of insurance solutions are in high demand and can have a significant impact on the lives of smallholder farmers.

Why are you applying to Solve?

As a global insurance technology company, IBISA faces several financial, technical, legal, and market barriers in scaling up our solution for index-based heat stress insurance for smallholder dairy farmers in India.

One of the primary financial barriers we face is the cost of implementing and scaling up our solution. This includes the cost of data collection and analysis, technology infrastructure, and marketing and distribution. Additionally, we face challenges in convincing insurers to provide coverage for index-based products due to a lack of historical data and the absence of conventional processes.

On the technical front, we face challenges in implementing and integrating our solution with the existing technology infrastructure of the insurance industry and regulatory bodies. This includes the need for accurate and reliable weather data and the development of robust models for estimating yield losses due to heat stress.

We also face legal and regulatory barriers, including the need to comply with insurance and data protection regulations in India and other countries where we operate. Additionally, we need to navigate the complex legal and regulatory landscape for insurance products in each country, which can vary significantly.

Culturally, we face the challenge of overcoming the lack of awareness and understanding of index-based insurance products among smallholder farmers and insurers. This requires education and outreach efforts to promote the benefits of our product and how it works.

Finally, we face market barriers, including the need to establish partnerships with insurers, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders to scale up our solution. This requires building trust and understanding among these stakeholders and demonstrating the effectiveness and viability of our product.

We believe that Solve can help us overcome these barriers by connecting us with partners who can provide us with monetary and non-monetary support, including access to funding, expertise, and resources. Additionally, Solve can provide us with a platform to showcase our solution and connect with potential partners and stakeholders in the insurance industry, regulatory bodies, and the agricultural sector. This can help us build trust and credibility and ultimately scale up our solution to reach more smallholder dairy farmers in India and other countries.



In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Business Model (e.g. product-market fit, strategy & development)
  • Financial (e.g. accounting practices, pitching to investors)
  • Product / Service Distribution (e.g. delivery, logistics, expanding client base)
  • Technology (e.g. software or hardware, web development/design)

Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Ms Maria Mateo, CEO IBISA NETWORK

More About Your Solution

What makes your solution innovative?

Our solution for index-based heat stress insurance for smallholder dairy farmers is innovative for several reasons.

First, it addresses a significant gap in the existing insurance products for smallholder farmers in India and other similar countries by providing affordable and scalable insurance coverage for yield losses due to heat stress. This type of coverage is not currently available in the market, and our solution fills a critical need for smallholder dairy farmers who are underserved by the existing insurance products.

Second, our solution uses an index-based approach to measure temperature parameters accurately and transparently for claims calculation, which eliminates the need for farmers to raise individual claims. This makes the claims process more efficient and reduces the administrative burden on both the insurer and the farmer.

Third, our solution leverages satellite-based systems to collect data on temperature parameters, which enables us to provide accurate and reliable data for claims calculation. This eliminates the need for physical inspections, which can be time-consuming and costly, and improves the speed and efficiency of the claims settlement process.

Overall, our solution has the potential to catalyze broader positive impacts in the insurance industry and the agricultural sector by providing a scalable and sustainable model for addressing the needs of smallholder farmers. It can change the market by setting a new standard for affordable and scalable insurance coverage for smallholder farmers, and it can inspire others in the space to develop innovative solutions that are accessible and sustainable.

What are your impact goals for the next year and the next five years, and how will you achieve them?

Our impact goals for the next year are to reach out to more smallholder dairy farmers in India and provide them with affordable and scalable insurance coverage for yield losses due to heat stress. We plan to achieve this by expanding our partnerships with insurance companies, government agencies, and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to increase awareness and adoption of our solution. We also plan to leverage digital channels and other innovative approaches to reach more smallholder farmers and improve their access to our solution.

Our impact goals for the next five years are to expand our solution to other countries beyond India, particularly in regions where smallholder farmers face similar challenges due to climate change and other factors. We plan to achieve this by establishing partnerships with local insurers, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders to adapt our solution to local contexts and build trust and credibility among the target population. We also plan to invest in research and development to enhance our solution's effectiveness and sustainability and explore new opportunities for addressing the needs of smallholder farmers in other areas.

To achieve these impact goals, we will continue to leverage our expertise in index-based insurance products and our partnerships with key stakeholders in the insurance industry, government agencies, and the agricultural sector. We will also invest in technology and data analytics to improve the accuracy and reliability of our solution and improve the speed and efficiency of our claims settlement process. Ultimately, our goal is to transform the lives of smallholder farmers by providing them with a sustainable and accessible model for mitigating the risks of climate change and improving their livelihoods.

Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does your solution address?

  • 13. Climate Action

How are you measuring your progress toward your impact goals?

To measure progress toward our impact goals, we plan to use several indicators to track the effectiveness of our solution. These indicators include:

  1. Number of enrolled farmers: We will track the number of farmers who enroll in our solution each year to assess our reach and impact.

  2. Claims paid: We will track the number and amount of claims paid out to farmers each year to assess the effectiveness of our solution in mitigating the financial risks of yield losses due to heat stress.

  3. Loss ratio: We will track the ratio of claims paid to premiums collected to assess the overall effectiveness and sustainability of our solution.

  4. Customer satisfaction: We will collect feedback from farmers who have enrolled in our solution to assess their level of satisfaction and identify areas for improvement.

  5. Adoption rate: We will track the rate of adoption of our solution by insurance companies, government agencies, and other stakeholders to assess our ability to scale and replicate our solution in other regions.

These indicators will help us assess our progress toward our impact goals and identify areas for improvement and innovation. We will use this data to refine and improve our solution and to communicate our impact to stakeholders and investors. Ultimately, our goal is to create a sustainable and scalable model for providing affordable and effective insurance coverage to smallholder farmers, and these indicators will help us track our progress toward achieving that goal.

In addition to the indicators mentioned, we consider the enrollment of 21,000 farmers during the pilot phase to be a key indicator of the impact and effectiveness of our solution. This high level of enrollment indicates that the product is addressing a significant need among farmers and that they are willing to adopt the solution. We will continue to track enrollment numbers as we scale the solution to other regions to assess the impact and effectiveness of our outreach and marketing efforts.

What is your theory of change?

Our theory of change is that by providing affordable and scalable insurance coverage for livestock owners, we can mitigate the risk of yield loss due to heat stress and increase the overall resilience of the livestock sector in India and other countries. Specifically, we aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Increased enrollment of livestock owners in the insurance product: We expect to see more livestock owners enrolling in our product as it provides a unique solution to address their financial loss due to yield reduction during the summer months. We will measure this through the number of enrollments in the insurance product.

  2. Increased awareness and adoption of index-based insurance: Our innovative product is designed to cover yield risk, which is a common issue for dairy farmers in India during summer. We believe that our solution can catalyze broader positive impacts from others in the insurance space and change the market by promoting the adoption of index-based insurance. We will measure this through the number of index-based insurance products launched in India and other countries.

  3. Improved financial stability of livestock owners: Our solution provides financial assistance to livestock owners against the loss of income due to a reduction in milk yield during the summer months. This will contribute to improved financial stability for the farmers, leading to better living conditions and food security. We will measure this through surveys and interviews with livestock owners who have enrolled in our insurance product.

  4. Increased resilience of the livestock sector: By providing insurance coverage for livestock owners, we believe that we can increase the resilience of the livestock sector in India and other countries. This will lead to better management of risks associated with heat stress, improving the overall productivity of the sector. We will measure this through the reduction in losses due to yield reduction during the summer months.

Overall, we believe that our solution can have a transformational impact on the lives of livestock owners in India and other countries. By providing affordable and scalable insurance coverage, we can help farmers manage risks associated with heat stress, improve their financial stability, and increase the resilience of the livestock sector.

Describe the core technology that powers your solution.

Our solution uses satellite-based systems to accurately and transparently measure temperature parameters for the calculation of insurance claims. This technology allows us to quickly and efficiently collect the necessary data to determine if a farmer is eligible for a payout due to heat stress-related yield loss. By using satellite data, we can also ensure that the claims settlement process is faster and more accurate than traditional methods, reducing the administrative burden on farmers and insurance providers.

Additionally, the availability of temperature data at a resolution of 25 by 25km radius across the globe for the last 40 years allows us to easily design and adapt the product for use in other regions, further increasing its scalability and potential impact. By leveraging advanced technologies like satellite data, our solution is able to address a critical need in the dairy industry while also promoting innovation and sustainability in the insurance sector.

Which of the following categories best describes your solution?

A new business model or process that relies on technology to be successful

Please select the technologies currently used in your solution:

  • Big Data
  • GIS and Geospatial Technology

In which countries do you currently operate?

  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Philippines

In which countries will you be operating within the next year?

  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

For-profit, including B-Corp or similar models

How many people work on your solution team?

Full time - 9 , Part time - 5

How long have you been working on your solution?

3 months

What is your approach to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusivity into your work?

We are proud to be a women-led organization, with two out of three co-founders being female. We prioritise diversity and inclusivity in our team, with members from India, Spain, France, Poland, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands, bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to our work. We believe that a diverse team is critical to developing innovative solutions that can address the needs of a broad range of communities, and we are committed to creating a culture of inclusivity and equity in all aspects of our work.

Your Business Model & Funding

What is your business model?

Our business model is a hybrid of a B2B and B2C model. We offer an index-based heat stress insurance product to the farmers, which is affordable and scalable. We work with government-led milk cooperatives and dairy tech start-ups to reach the farmers and enroll them in the insurance product. We generate revenue through a commission-based model, where we receive a commission on the premiums paid by the farmers. Additionally, we provide new product development and technology support services to our clients, such as claims monitoring and policy management tools, for which we are paid separately. Our key customers and beneficiaries are the farmers who are underserved in terms of affordable and scalable insurance products. They need our product to mitigate the financial loss they incur due to heat stress on their cattle, which is not covered under conventional insurance products. Our clients, the government-led milk cooperatives, FPOs, Agri techs, farmer cooperatives, Financial institutions and dairy tech start-ups, benefit from our new product development and technology support services to better serve their customers and improve their business operations.

Do you primarily provide products or services directly to individuals, to other organizations, or to the government?

Organizations (B2B)

What is your plan for becoming financially sustainable?

Our plan for financial sustainability includes a combination of revenue streams. We plan to generate revenue by offering our insurance product to farmers and livestock owners through premium payments. Additionally, we will offer our technology and product development services to insurance companies, government agencies, and other organizations involved in the livestock and agriculture sectors.

We will also look to partner with financial institutions such as microfinance institutions and farmer producer organizations to offer our insurance product to their members, which will allow us to reach a larger number of potential customers.

In the long term, we plan to expand our operations to other countries with similar livestock and agriculture sectors, and generate revenue through the sale of our insurance products and technology services. We will also explore potential investment opportunities to support our expansion and growth plans.

Through these revenue streams, we aim to achieve financial sustainability and ensure that our impact on the communities we serve can be sustained over the long term.

Share some examples of how your plan to achieve financial sustainability has been successful so far.

We have already started generating revenue from these innovative products. For example, our recent pilot of the index-based heat stress insurance product has generated revenue through policy premiums paid by enrolled farmers. Additionally, our product development and technology support services have generated revenue through contracts with insurance companies and other organizations. We are also exploring opportunities to scale our products and services to other countries beyond India, which would increase our potential revenue streams.

In addition to our revenue streams, we have also received grants for pilot projects on climate resilience. These projects have allowed us to test and validate our solutions while also providing additional funding for our work. Furthermore, our success in generating revenue from our innovative products demonstrates the potential for long-term financial sustainability. We will continue to explore new revenue streams and funding opportunities to support the growth and impact of our solutions.

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