Jimmy Loro has been working with international and local development organizations in the Philippines for more than a decade. As senior adviser and lead expert for the German International Cooperation’s (GIZ) Remote Sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies Project, he currently manages the development of area-based yield-index insurance for irrigated rice in Nueva Ecija, Leyte and the Caraga region.
Loro engages international rice and agriculture research institutes and organizations to maximize remote sensing technology for information and insurance purposes. He also consults with rice farmers on field to develop products, policies and strategies that lessen the complexities of crop insurance, as well as bridge remote sensing technology with grass-roots knowledge.
Prior to joining GIZ in 2010, he oversaw the Australian Agency for International Development’s funding agreement with UNICEF, U.N. Population Fund, U.N. Development Program, World Health Organization, and the Guttmacher Institute, to meet Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing maternal and child deaths, advance reproductive health research and advocacy, and promote HIV and AIDS prevention.
In 2006, under the UNDP Achieving the MDGs and Reducing Human Poverty Portfolio, he worked with national and local government units to implement initiatives that contributed to ancestral domain titling for targeted indigenous peoples, provision of microfinance services to unleash entrepreneurship, and prevention of HIV and AIDS in selected areas.
His first break in development work came in 2003, when he managed the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Program (Working Together for Poverty Reduction) and UNDP projects in the Visayas region for the National Anti-Poverty Commission. He also handled the implementation of initiatives for the Philippines’ peace agreement with an armed group operating in Panay and Negros islands.