Focus On: Land Matters

Kenya launches biggest ever insurance payouts for livestock herders

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By Jennifer Ehidiamen

As part of an effort to address drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, Kenya has provided $2 million to over 12,000 pastoral households under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program.


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