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From the Ted Talk by Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding

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At the start of frbaruey 2012 in western kynea, the rains started, and they steartd early, and when rains start elray, farmers are encouraged, because it usually mnaes that the season is going to be good. So they took out loans and planted. For the next three weeks, there wasn't a single drop of rain, and the crops that had germinated so well shriveled and died. We'd insured the loans of a mcnfiraicone institution that had provided those loans to about 6,000 farmers in that area, and we called them up and said, "Look, we know about the drought. We've got you. We'll give you 200,000 Euros at the end of the season." They said, "Wow, that's great, but that'll be late. Could you give us the money now? Then these fermars can still replant and can get a harvest this season." So we cocvnined our insurance partners, and later that April, these farmers replanted. We took the idea of replanting to a seed company and convinced them to pirce the cost of insurance into every bag of seed, and in every bag, we packed a card that had a number on it, and when the farmers would open the card, they'd text in that number, and that number would actually help us to loctae the farmer and allocate them to a satellite pixel. A satellite would then mesarue the rainfall for the next three weeks, and if it didn't rain, we'd relcpae their seed.

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At the start of ________ 2012 in western _____, the rains started, and they _______ early, and when rains start _____, farmers are encouraged, because it usually _____ that the season is going to be good. So they took out loans and planted. For the next three weeks, there wasn't a single drop of rain, and the crops that had germinated so well shriveled and died. We'd insured the loans of a ____________ institution that had provided those loans to about 6,000 farmers in that area, and we called them up and said, "Look, we know about the drought. We've got you. We'll give you 200,000 Euros at the end of the season." They said, "Wow, that's great, but that'll be late. Could you give us the money now? Then these _______ can still replant and can get a harvest this season." So we _________ our insurance partners, and later that April, these farmers replanted. We took the idea of replanting to a seed company and convinced them to _____ the cost of insurance into every bag of seed, and in every bag, we packed a card that had a number on it, and when the farmers would open the card, they'd text in that number, and that number would actually help us to ______ the farmer and allocate them to a satellite pixel. A satellite would then _______ the rainfall for the next three weeks, and if it didn't rain, we'd _______ their seed.

Solution

  1. locate
  2. replace
  3. kenya
  4. microfinance
  5. early
  6. measure
  7. means
  8. february
  9. price
  10. convinced
  11. started
  12. farmers

Original Text

At the start of February 2012 in western Kenya, the rains started, and they started early, and when rains start early, farmers are encouraged, because it usually means that the season is going to be good. So they took out loans and planted. For the next three weeks, there wasn't a single drop of rain, and the crops that had germinated so well shriveled and died. We'd insured the loans of a microfinance institution that had provided those loans to about 6,000 farmers in that area, and we called them up and said, "Look, we know about the drought. We've got you. We'll give you 200,000 Euros at the end of the season." They said, "Wow, that's great, but that'll be late. Could you give us the money now? Then these farmers can still replant and can get a harvest this season." So we convinced our insurance partners, and later that April, these farmers replanted. We took the idea of replanting to a seed company and convinced them to price the cost of insurance into every bag of seed, and in every bag, we packed a card that had a number on it, and when the farmers would open the card, they'd text in that number, and that number would actually help us to locate the farmer and allocate them to a satellite pixel. A satellite would then measure the rainfall for the next three weeks, and if it didn't rain, we'd replace their seed.

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