Remote sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging economies (RIICE) - Phase 3

Progetto concluso

Extreme weather events increasingly affect small-scale producers in Asia. Satellites and other information technologies present tremendous potential for improved country-wide monitoring of crop growth and insurance solutions for extreme weather events. With RIICE, SDC supports the integration of expertise from Swiss private actors and international public research centres toward modernizing public agricultural services and crop insurance programmes, offering performant solutions to Governments and producers to cope with production shortfalls.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Servizi finanziari agricoli
Servizi agricoli & mercato
Sviluppe rurale
Cooperative agricole & organizzazioni di produttori agricoli
01.08.2018 - 31.08.2022
CHF  3’686’000

Increasing crop losses are increasing due to extreme weather events aggravated by climate change. Governmental instances have difficulties to plan for food shortages due to lacking information on seasonal production. These are prominent factors jeopardizing food security in developing countries and emerging economies. Practical solutions using new earth observation capabilities for improved risk management exist; this includes crop insurance with triggers that are more accurate than weather-indexes or statistical based yield estimations.

Since 2012, SDC is playing a pivotal role in the RIICE public-private partnership that has developed an innovative operational solution combining radar satellite-based technology (from the Swiss enterprise sarmap) and software modelling capabilities (from the International Rice Research Institute, IRRI) to monitor the growth and to forecast / estimate rice production information such as cultivated area and rice yield.

The major ambition of RIICE III is on one hand facilitating and supporting institutionalization processes toward post-project sustainability; on the other hand - and specifically in India – to explore further usages of the RIICE technology for climate risk mitigation and farmers resilience.

Obiettivi Crop insurance reduces vulnerability of smallholder farmers and promotes their economic development thus contributing to national and regional food security.
Gruppi target

Final but indirect beneficiaries of RIICE are:

  • small-scale (rice) producers in Asia; 0.5 million directly targeted with crop insurance coverage using RIICE.

Institutional targets are:

  • Governmental bodies, mostly central ministries but also decentralized authorities involved in crop monitoring, natural risks management and insurance, principally in India, Vietnam and Cambodia;
  • National insurance (and re-insurance) companies, private ones mostly in the same countries
Effetti a medio termine

In India, Vietnam and Cambodia:

  • Small-scale (rice) producers are covered by RIICE-supported insurance solutions and climate risk mitigation advisories.
  • Institutions in the target areas offer demand-oriented, effective and efficient remote-sensing supported insurance solutions.
  • Governments have integrated / accepted RIICE-supported insurance solutions in the respective agricultural insurance schemes or guidelines.
  • Governments and other stakeholders use the crop / yield information system in agricultural and disaster risk management policies, strategies and actions plans to strengthen food security and to transfer risks to the insurance sector.

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • A sustainable business model for RIICE remote-sensing technology and products is established.
  • The remote-sensing technology based rice monitoring system is institutionalized within governmental structures.
  • The national policy dialogue, awareness raising and stakeholder coordination in India, Vietnam and Cambodia on the acceptance and use of RIICE remote-sensing technology is improved.
  • Regional policy dialogue, awareness raising and promotion of (sovereign) climate risk transfer solutions is strengthened in the Asia region.
  • Insurance companies and distribution partners are enabled by RIICE to develop and sell insurance solutions which cover production shortfalls of small-scale (rice) producers.
  • The knowledge on financial management including insurance literacy of smallholder farmers is strengthened.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • The RIICE technology has been developed, tested and confirmed as an operational solution for rice monitoring.
  • National implementation partners within or in relation with ministries of agriculture in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and three states in India have developed own capacities to operate the technological solution developed by sarmap and IRRI. In 2017, they all together monitored 1.7 million ha of rice producing 80-90% accurate and timely available data down to commune level.
  • In 2017, insurance companies in Tamil Nadu (India) have used the information produced with the RIICE processes to settle claims and compensate early losses for 200’000 rice producers.
  • The Philippines produces its official rice statistics using the RIICE technology at own cost. Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in India have engaged own budgets for 2-3 years pilots. The ministries of agriculture in Vietnam and Cambodia have expressed their interest to institutionalize the technology.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca straniera
Economia privata
Instituzione statale straniera
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
  • Central State of South East
  • Gruppo consultivo per la ricerca agricola internazionale
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est
  • Settore privato svizzero

Altri partner
  • The ministries of agriculture in Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • ICRISAT and sarmap (for the GPCCE component in India).
  • A partner to be specified for post-2019 global coordination.
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori Links with E+I / Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF)
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    3’686’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    3’166’825
Fasi del progetto

Fase 3 01.08.2018 - 31.08.2022   (Completed)

Fase 2 01.05.2015 - 30.09.2018   (Completed) Fase 1 01.06.2011 - 30.04.2015   (Completed)