Why we chose Rose as a Fellow
Rose is an economist who returned to her African roots to protect farmers against weather shocks. While working at the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture on getting farmers seeds on credit, she realized that loans can devastate people if the season's weather didn't cooperate.
Farming is a difficult business, and the biggest risk is weather. Farmers feel that they must be very cautious with planting, which often leads them to forego higher potential yields; at the same time, they still are devastated by weather events. Kilimo Salama provides weather insurance that makes farmers more likely to invest more in their crops and helps them recover from disaster.