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

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.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Agricultura y seguridad alimentaria
Empleo y desarrollo económico
Servicios financieros agrícolos
Servicios agrícolos & mercado
Desarrollo rural
Cooperativas agrícolas & organizaciones de agricultores
01.08.2018 - 31.12.2021
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.

Objetivos Crop insurance reduces vulnerability of smallholder farmers and promotes their economic development thus contributing to national and regional food security.
Grupos destinarios

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
Efectos a medio plazo

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.

Resultados previstos:  

  • 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.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

  • 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.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Institución académica y de investigación extranjera
Sector privado
Institución estatal extrangera
Institución académica y de investigación suiza
  • Central State of South East
  • Grupo Consultivo sobre Investigación Agrícola Internacional
  • Otros institutos suizos academicos o de investigación
  • Sector privado extranjero Sur/Este
  • Sector privado suizo

Otras contrapartes
  • 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.
Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores Links with E+I / Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF)
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    3’686’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    2’909’059
Fases del proyecto Fase 3 01.08.2018 - 31.12.2021   (Fase en curso) Fase 2 01.05.2015 - 30.09.2018   (Completed) Fase 1 01.06.2011 - 30.04.2015   (Completed)