Rural and Agricultural Finance ProgramRural and Agricultural Finance Program

Agricultural Insurance in Developing Countries: Operational Principles and Good Practices

Andrea Stoppa

Agriculture plays a significant role in the economies of low- and middle-income countries, but the production and market risks that are inherent to agriculture challenge the profitability and subsistence of smallholder farmers and their households. Agricultural insurance can help governments, smallholder farmers and risk aggregators (e.g. microfinance institutions) to hedge some of these risks. Experiences from the field are aiming to refine models for risk transfer approaches in agriculture.

The course will provide an introduction to the main features and peculiarities of agricultural insurance and will focus on current thinking and activities in parametric or ‘index’ insurance approaches. It will give participants an overview of key theoretical concepts, implementation opportunities and challenges, and new developments in index insurance, before going into more depth with case studies from the sector. These examples will illustrate, amongst other things, the latest thinking and practice in overcoming some of the delivery and technical challenges in implementing index insurance.

Intended Audience: This course is designed for participants willing to learn about agricultural insurance products and how are they designed and implemented. It is particularly suited for  institutions implementing or planning to use insurance products to serve their clients engaged in agriculture.

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