Feasibility study for macro and meso-level index insurance - Dominican Republic

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The recent path of Tropical Storm Isaac in September 2012 caused the destruction of plantain fields in the South Region. This situation forced the national authorities to provide in-kind assistance (i.e. planting materials, fertilizers, cleaning labor, land preparation) to the most affected farmers. Although some private insurers provide agriculture insurance, the Ministry of Agriculture does not have a pre-defined budget to tackle the negative effects caused by events in the agricultural sector while it faces significant contingent liabilities in this sector.

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic has requested assistance from the World Bank to assess the feasibility of macro- and meso-level index-based insurance.