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Upping Our Game: Crop Insurance Project Proves Wildly Successful

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Sofia Martínez explains an index insurance game to farmers in southern Honduras, May 2015. Photo: Elisabeth Gawthrop / IRI

In Honduras, researchers are using interactive games to design insurance that protects farmers during drought. And their bottom-up approach seems to be catching on; it’s being taken up by public and private institutions, and a local insurance company is using it to develop a commercial product. Using multimedia and infographics, a new story from Columbia’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society puts the technical process into the context of its real-world impact. Read the full story (and enjoy the visuals) here.

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