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In 2015, IFC, supported by GIIF, launched the Weather Index Insurance project with Green Delta Insurance Company (GDIC), to develop insurance products to address perils such as drought, excess rain, heat waves, and cold spells in Bangladesh. In October 2015, during the initial days of the project, GDIC and IFC approached Supreme Seed Company for index insurance partnership for their contract farming farmers. A case study was developed to capture the activity.
On May 22-24, 2018, the IFC Eastern Europe and Central Asia Agri-Finance Project held a 3-day seminar titled “Basic principles of development of index insurance products" for the insurance market of Ukraine. The seminar was a continuation of work started in summer of 2017 that aimed at developing local skills for index insurance and, once again, was led by Shadreck Mapfumo, GIIF Senior Financial Sector Specialist. Mr. Mapfumo and the participants deep dived into the fundamentals of index product modeling based on real data and modern actuarial models. The event was organized with the support...
On January 19, 2018, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank organized a workshop in Abidjan to present the results of a feasibility study on index-based agricultural insurance conducted in Côte d’Ivoire between the months of May and September 2017 by the Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF). As part of the World Bank Group’s Climate Finance and Risk Management unit, GIIF facilitates access to finance for smallholder farmers, micro-entrepreneurs, and microfinance institutions through the provisions of catastrophic risk transfer solutions and index-based insurance in...
In December 2017, 27 participants from various African Francophone nations attended a regional workshop held in Saly, Senegal, to learn about index insurance fundamentals and risk transfer process as well as to discuss and apply the use of agro-climactic data to the design of index insurance products. The five-day workshop entitled, “Fundamentals of Named Peril Index Insurance Risk Transfer Process,” was sponsored by the Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF), as part of its capacity-building activities intended to stimulate the development and enhancement of index insurance products in...
A new brochure detailing GIIF's involvement with the development of weather index insurance in Senegal is now available for digital viewing. The document contains an overview of GIIF's and stakeholders' actions and tracks the progress of index insurance in the country since its onset in 2009.
GIIF and ILO's Impact Insurance Facility jointly published a paper entitled "Unlocking Smallholder Credit: Does Credit-Linked Agricultural Insurance Work?" Authored by Independent Researchers Richard Meyer and Peter Hazell and World Bank Group's Panos Varangis, this paper reviews possibilities for, and experience with, credit-linked crop insurance, including different types of insurance and credit arrangements, ranging from insurance sold to individual farmers to meso insurance sold to financial service providers (FSPs) to cover losses suffered by farmer borrowers.
A newly designed Global Index Insurance Facility's Country Profile for Kenya is available for digital viewing. The document contains an overview of GIIF's project in Kenya with the partner, ACRE Africa.
A 24-page illustrated comic book on Earthquake Index Insurance in Bahasa Indonesia.
Agri-insurance is a financial product that protects farmers from potential losses resulting from weather events or disease. By enabling farmers to protect their businesses, agricultural insurance also reduces lending risks, which increases the amount of credit available in this vital sector. In Ukraine, IFC and Syngenta worked together to pilot-test index insurance — which bases claims on independently verifiable weather data — for wheat and corn. This SmartLesson explores the possibility of developing index insurance as a new and important financial instrument that helps farmers and...
GIIF and ILO's Impact Insurance Facility jointly published a paper entitled "When and How Should Agricultural Insurance be Subsidized? Issue and Good Practices". Authored by Independent Researcher Peter Hazell and World Bank Group's Panos Varangis and Rachel Sberro-Kessler, this paper discusses agricultural insurance subsidy in detail and draws upon available literature and case study experiences to propose some good practice guidelines for the design and implementation. The French version " Quand et comment l'assurance agricole devrait-elle être subventionnée? Enjeux et bonnes pratiques " is...
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