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The core objective of the program was to provide SMEs and municipalities with climate and disaster risk management knowledge and tools to improve risk awareness, assessment, prevention and reduction of risks linked to extreme climate events as well as support the implementation of adaptation plans.
The core objective of the program was to offer invaluable insights on how insurers, local and national governments, academia and international organizations can collaborate to reduce climate and disaster risk and promote risk-informed development planning.
The development of sustainable insurance solutions requires thorough risk assessment, modelling and layering. Agricultural and climate risks are mainly of a systemic nature, i.e. they affect a large geographic area or large parts of the population simultaneously. If the insured risk is not adequately spread, one catastrophic event can threaten the viability of the whole scheme. To lower covariate risks, the portfolio thus needs to be diversified in terms of crops, type of risks, and different geographical regions.
Sustainable insurance solutions for climate risk requires a joint effort of both the public and the private sector: the partners need to cooperate and commit to facilitating a development process.
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...
In June 2017, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and two biggest insurance associations in Ukraine — League of Insurance Organizations of Ukraine and Ukrainian Federation on Insurance (UFU) — jointly organized an index insurance workshop entitled “Strategic Decisions Metrics for Agriculture Index Insurance” for all interested insurance companies and other market participants. Instructor Shadreck Mapfumo, GIIF Senior Financial Specialist, led the three-day workshop which introduced new approaches to the agri-insurance product development to the local participants. A total of 38...
Global Index Insurance Facility has produced a report that captures the Program’s achievements and on the progress of project implementation during phase one: 2010-2015. These achievements and lessons learned are the result of joint efforts, hard work and commitment with GIIF's implementing partners on the ground as well as generous support from the donors. Prepared collaboratively by the GIIF team across the globe, this report also offers a snapshot of past and future activities, including GIIF’s roles in capacity-building, outreach and communications efforts. Available in English and in...
With 1.5 billion people worldwide getting access to financial services through a post office, postal networks are powerful tools to advance financial inclusion. Posts have already proved to have comparative advantages in remote areas and with specific vulnerable groups – the poor, the less educated and those in the informal economy – compared with other financial services providers. This study by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) delves into the transformative potential of postal networks into well-suited providers of insurance. The report...
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Feb
Key findings from the Global expert workshop co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands and the Rabobank Group and organized by the World Bank’s FISF initiative . Workshop report including links to presentations made at the workshop is available here: Report on Financial Inclusion of Agriculture-Dependent Households Need to focus on broader array of financial services rather than just credit or insurance for agricultural production . Agricultural households have a broad range of financial service needs, several of them for lifecycle and business needs not related to agriculture...
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Jan
This post was originally produced during the GIIF Conference held in Paris at the OECD Headquarters. The 6 key lessons learnt that emerge from the panel are as follows: Insurance needs to be part of a value add package that generates higher income for the farmers Governments play a key role in creating markets for agricultural insurance. Experiences in Peru, India and Senegal point to government interventions such as premium support, risk financing, and linkage to credit. There is a need to design and offer the right insurance product. Area Yield Index Insurance may offer an adequate...
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