Agricultural Insurance Thematic Window

3ie requests researchers to submit proposals under its new thematic window, Agricultural insurance: assessing the impact of programmes targeted at smallholder farmers. 

The window aims to generate policy-relevant evidence on innovative products and processes that create effective demand for agricultural insurance products. 

Risk-reducing and risk-mitigating financial products will include both insurance products and those that bundle insurance with other financial or non-financial products or services. The scope of this grant programme is limited to risks associated with the production of agricultural commodities, such as crops and livestock. Production risk excludes price and market risks. Applications will be accepted only for programmes in low and lower middle-income countries and in DFID-priority countries.

Grants under this window will be provided in two phases:

  • The first phase will provide up to 14 grants for formative or process evaluations of not more than US$75,000 each for a period of eight to ten months.
  • The second phase will provide grants of up to a maximum of US$450,000 each for five to six-year long impact evaluations. 3ie expects to award up to eight impact evaluations.

This is a call for proposals for formative and process evaluations (Phase 1).

For more information about this call, please read the detailed   Request for proposals (RFP) (168.8 KB)

All submissions must be made using 3ie’s online grant management system, which will go live on 30 June 2016.

The deadline for submitting Phase 1 proposals is 23:59 GMT, 17 July 2016. For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), read the FAQ document.

The answers to the questions 3ie received by 23:59 GMT, 23 June 2016 are available in this Q&A document (88.4 KB)

Please direct any questions related to this RFP to with ‘TW13 RFP query’ in the subject line.

All key documents required for this application are available on the How to apply page

At a glance

  • The current call is for funding under Phase 1 of the grant window for formative and process evaluations.
  • Limited support for implementation may be considered where a compelling case is made.
  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, may apply.
  • The research team should include at least one researcher who is a national of the country in which the programme is being implemented.
  • Study teams can submit more than one proposal if they fulfil the criteria. 

In early 2016, 3ie invited researchers and implementers to submit an expression of interest to participate in a matchmaking workshop on agricultural risk mitigation.

The matchmaking workshop aimed to bring together researchers and implementers for a possible partnership to submit a proposal for formative and/or impact evaluation of innovative financial instruments that help mitigate, transfer and/or reduce production risks for smallholder farmers in low- and lower-middle income countries. The workshop which was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 19-20 April 2016, also had a dialogue around 3ie’s request for proposal document for the grant programme.

However, participation at the workshop is NOT a prerequisite for submitting a proposal under the current call.

About the Agricultural Insurance Thematic Window

3ie hopes to address the gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not in mitigating risks for smallholder farmers and why by funding impact evaluations of agricultural insurance programmes in low-and lower-middle income countries. The objective is to increase evidence on the effectiveness of financial instruments in reducing, mitigating and transferring risks faced by smallholder farmers in developing countries.

Previous studies show that the demand for insurance products has been low. It is unclear what factors result in the low uptake and what can be done to improve it. Recent impact evaluation studies have found that the provision of agricultural insurance had positive impacts on productive investments and consumption among farmers, although more rigorous evidence is required to be able to draw consistent conclusions.

This thematic window is funded with UK aid from the UK government.

Other useful products

Programme brief: Assessing the impact of agricultural risk insurance programmes on smallholder farmers 

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