In a move that resembles a vote of confidence for the start-up, Allianz Africa renewed its multi-year partnership with OKO. Allianz and OKO initially signed an agreement in 2019 to test OKO’s concept in Mali. OKO offered an affordable and automated climate insurance accessible for the first time via mobile phone to smallholder farmers. 4 years later it is the most popular crop insurance in Mali. OKO uses parametric insurance technology, meaning that insurance claims are automatically validated and paid if satellite data shows that the weather conditions were very detrimental to the agricultural activity. It covers events such as droughts and floods.

As previously, the collaboration consists in OKO bringing its data-science expertise and its mobile distribution technology, while Allianz will assist in underwriting and re-insuring the crop insurance products. This new version of the partnership is meant to prepare for geographical expansion to new countries in the continent, and to strengthen the link between the two organizations. In fact, OKO already expanded to Uganda (with Jubilee-Allianz) and Ivory Coast (with Allianz Côte d’Ivoire). OKO and Allianz also won together the Ambitious Insurer award at the 2023 InsurTech Insight conference.

OKO’s activities have also widened, and OKO now works with agro-industrial companies such as AB InBev, Olam and Touton. OKO’s insurance protects farmers from the consequences of droughts and floods, and therefore secures the supply chain for large buyers. OKO also demonstrated its ability to generate positive impact in financial inclusion and climate resilience for vulnerable populations, which helps large food, textile, or beverage companies to achieve their sustainability objectives.

Dans une année marquée par des défis météorologiques, OKO, la start-up
d'assurance agricole basée à Bamako, continue de jouer un rôle essentiel dans la
protection des agriculteurs maliens. Les indemnisations versées cette saison à 2
009 petits exploitants sur les 10 014 assurés témoignent de l'engagement de
l'entreprise envers la résilience face aux aléas climatiques.

Les régions de Ségou et Sikasso ont été durement touchées, avec 1 793
agriculteurs recevant des compensations pour les pertes subies. La carte jointe à
cet article illustre clairement la répartition géographique de ces indemnisations.
Cheick Oumar Tangara, directeur pays chez OKO, souligne l'impact positif de
l'assurance pour la résilience climatique des Agriculteurs ruraux maliens :
"L'objectif d'OKO est d'apporter une solution concrète aux agriculteurs confrontés
aux risques climatiques en leurs offrant un filet de sécurité (financière). Nous
sommes fiers de voir notre assurance jouer un rôle vital pour assurer la stabilité
financière des communautés agricoles."

À ce jour, OKO a assuré 27 000 agriculteurs pour 6 cultures différentes, offrant
une couverture pour le maïs, le sésame, le mil, le sorgho, le coton et l'arachide. Le
système automatisé d'indemnisation par analyse de données satellitaires et le
paiement via Orange Money garantit des compensations rapides lorsque des
conditions météorologiques défavorables sont observées dans les zones agricoles.
Chez OKO, l'accent est mis sur la préparation de la prochaine saison. Les
agriculteurs intéressés pour la saison 2024 sont invités à s'inscrire dès maintenant
en composant le 77 99 80 80 ou en utilisant le code #144#343# sur leur mobiles

Alors que les risques climatiques continuent de menacer les moyens de
subsistance des agriculteurs, OKO reste un partenaire inébranlable dans la
protection et le soutien des communautés agricoles du Mali.
Pour plus d'informations et pour garantir votre sécurité pour la prochaine saison,
contactez OKO dès aujourd'hui !

In July 2022, OKO and Allianz started a partnership in Ivory Coast, with the support of the cocoa trading company Touton. OKO brought its crop insurance distribution technology to help the millions of cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast who survive on an average of just $0.78 a day.

Over the course of 6 months, OKO and Allianz conducted 2 pilots in 2 different areas, and brought insurance to 1,500 farmers. Using a soil moisture index developed by AllianzRe, OKO was able to identify if a plantation was in dire situation that would impact its yield. To make sure that this product was available to all farmers, OKO conducted awareness campaign with a team of representatives on the field, and connected with Mobile Money wallets (MTN and Orange) to help farmers pay the registration fee at their own pace. This innovative approach was rewarded on the 1st of March 2023 at the InsurTech Insight conference in London, a major event in the insurance industry.

More than 150 applications were submitted by different insurers, but it is that partnership with OKO that brought the award to Allianz. Marcel Shäheli, representing the partnership, summarised the positive impact of this project on stage: "Instead of having to sell their assets, borrow money, or take their kids out of school to contribute to the household income, farmers now receive financial assistance to support them through challenging climate conditions.”

Going forward, OKO and Allianz will continue this partnership to bring a very much needed safety nets to more farmers in Ivory Coast. And more agro- industries are partnering with OKO to sure the livelihood of smallholder farmers supplying them. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!

Insurtech Start-up OKO has closed an extension round of $500,000 USD, and announced their plans to launch in the Ivory Coast with their existing partners, Orange, Allianz and Touton, to bring affordable, low-cost insurance to more farmers in Africa.

The start-up operates in Mali and Uganda, and offers automated insurance using satellite data and mobile payments for farmers whose fields are negatively affected by weather patterns, mainly droughts and floods. Since its launch, OKO brought insurance to more than 15,000 farmers in Mali and Uganda.

OKO saw an impressive 6x growth in the number of paying customers from 2020 to 2021 and is continuing to expand its reach in 2022, with new crops covered, and new partnerships signed with financial institutions providing agricultural loans to insured farmers.

The extension round was made possible by global impact-tech accelerator Katapult, along with three business angels: Guillaume Leenhardt (CEO of Gentle Finance), Henry Allard (CEO of Filhet-Allard Maritime), and Lionel Dorie Founding Partner of Augusta Energy Group).

This announcement follows a recent seed investment in April 2021 of $1.2 million, which was led by by Newfund, ResiliAnce, and Mercy Corps Venture. A month later, OKO launched in Uganda, in collaboration with the Agro Insurance Consortium.

The launch in Ivory Coast will be an opportunity for OKO to collaborate directly with Touton (which invested in April 2021), leveraging Touton's assets and contributing to their efforts in creating a sustainable cocoa value chain. Simon Schwall, Co-founder and CEO of OKO, said; "Ivory Coast has always been a priority market for us, so when we saw the opportunity to launch OKO there this year we jumped on it. We are bringing strong partners to make this expansion a success and we have big ambitions for the months to come."

Commenting on his company’s decision to invest, Fabrice Boullé, Investment Director for Katapult said, “We're thrilled to be partnering with such a high- performing team like OKO. We are a proud investor as they exemplify our philosophy: solving one of humanity's biggest problems, while having a strong
impact, alongside outperforming financial returns. The commercial upside of their solution is important. The impact; even more crucial!”

About Katapult

Katapult is an investment company and a foundation. The investment company focuses on highly scalable impact-tech startups. Katapult currently has 100MUSD under management and has made 138 investments, including 30 direct investments, in startups across 35 countries that are working to implement the UNSDGs.

The Katapult Foundation was established in 2020, gathering all Katapult non- profit initiatives, such as the Accelerate Program, turning tech founders to impact investors, Katapult Future Fest, and the Nordic Impact Investment Network.

About OKO

OKO secures farmers’ income in emerging countries using automated insurance solutions. OKO is accessible to anyone with a phone, and claim payments are automated using satellite data and images. OKO graduated from the Techstars programme in 2018 and was listed in 2020 among the 50 most promising solutions for Financial Inclusion (Inclusive50) by Visa and MetLife foundation.

OKO is active in Mali and in Uganda, with plans to expand to many more
markets in the coming years.

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