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Karlijin Morsink, Daniel Jonathan Clarke and Shardreck Mapfumo co-authored "How to measure whether index insurance provides reliable protection," a Working Policy Research Paper available on EconPapers . Part of the Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank, the paper is a product of the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP), a partnership of the World Bank’s Finance and Markets Global Practice Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. Policy Research Working Papers are also posted on the Web at http://econ.worldbank.org . Read abstract...
Agricultural production is inherently subject to a variety of risks because management decisions or states-of-nature often generate future outcomes (either favorable or unfavorable) that cannot be predicted with certainty. The variability of these outcomes represents risk. Risk is frequently measured in terms of the probability of various outcomes. Agricultural producers face a variety of risks including production (yield), output price, and input price risk. Some of these risks are managed through production and fi nancial decision-making, while others are simply accepted as costs of doing...
Collier argues that index insurance is best suited to cover disasters which occur every 20 years or greater because severe risks lower premium costs. Below are excerpts form the interview. Q: You have done substantial research, notably with Jerry Skees on index insurance. Why do you think that index insurance needs to be designed as “disaster insurance” rather than “crop insurance”? A: We need a new frame of reference for household markets. Up to now, the consensus focus has been crop yields. Yet the effects of bad weather on household well-being are often multifaceted and poorly captured by...
BERLIN, November 27, 2014 —The Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF), an innovative program managed by the World Bank Group, launched today the Index Insurance Forum at the Agricultural Insurance Conference in Berlin. The Index Insurance Forum will serve as a unique forum for knowledge sharing and exchange of best practices among index-insurance practitioners and industry representatives.
Geneva, Switzerland July 24, 2014 – The International Labour Office (ILO) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to provide access to improved insurance products to hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers, small businesses and individuals in Asia and Africa. The three year partnership is the first-of-its-kind within the rapidly evolving index insurance industry. The Facility and GIIF combine their strengths to improve the delivery of index insurance to farmers and their families as well as businesses, through extraction, dissemination and...

ITV Sophia

Sophia Belay, Manager – R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, talks about increasing awareness of index insurance among farmers

ITV Jon

Jon Hellin, Value Chain and Poverty Specialist for CIMMYT, talks about climate risk management in agriculture

ITV Dan

Dan Osgood, Lead Scientist – IRI, talks about using index insurance solutions to manage climate risk issues
PG activities started in 2012 with index insurance for maize and groundnuts. The first year the price of the product was very high and few farmers bought the product. The product was reviewed with the farmers’ organizations and CIRAD in 2013.
The project will achieve the following objectives by project completion: 1. Support the development of a simple, flexible, affordable Weather-Index Based Crop Insurance product that will cater to diverse client needs for food crops in Sri Lanka 2. Assist in developing institutional capacity of SICL (Sanasa Insurance) and select agents 3. Raise awareness among at least 50,000 farmers on the availability of the index insurance product/s and its benefits
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