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VanderSat uses satellite data to expand farmer insurance coverage

ImpactAlpha, April 6 – Hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers in East Africa are facing not only COVID, but also the worst locust swarm in decades. Most of their farmland is uninsured; when they lose crops, they lose income. Netherlands-based agtech company VanderSat uses satellite data to analyze farmland conditions using microwaves, rather than images.

How development finance leaders can help emerging-market economies survive the COVID-19 crisis

To ensure financial relief packages are passed on to small businesses, workers, and the self-employed, Dalberg calls on development finance leaders to scale up coordinated liquidity models, guarantee concessional financing focuses on the most vulnerable and expedite deal processing times, among other recommendations.

Helping Main Street businesses weather the coronavirus superstorm

Without fast and targeted action, we could face a “Main Street bloodbath that...will very soon decimate local economies across the country for a long time,” warn New Localism Advisors’ Bruce Katz, Blueprint Local’s Ross Baird and The Governance Project’s Colin Higgins.