11th Consultative Forum Note: Scaling up insurance as a disaster resilience strategy for smallholder farmers in Latin America

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This briefing note summarises the key findings and lessons learned discussed during the 11th Consultative Forum which took place in Lima, Peru on November 6, 2017 with the aim of fostering sound policymaking for the development and scaling up of agricultural insurance across the Latin American region. The Forum was the last of a three-event series organised in 2017 on the topic of agricultural insurance as a tool for disaster resilience in the three developing regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

The State of Microinsurance 2016

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This second edition of the Microinsurance Network's annual journal presents the insights and views of 22 experts in the field with regards to innovative developments in product design, distribution and regulation. Topics discussed include behavioural economics in microinsurance, the contribution of insurance to capital market development, and the possibility of benchmarking microinsurance based on key performance indicators. For the first time, the journal includes a debate which focuses on the role of private health insurance in achieving universal health coverage.

Feasibility study for crop and livestock index-insurance - Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a lower middle income country located in the Asian-Pacific region. Agriculture is the predominant source of livelihood in the country, with the agricultural sector accounting for 67% of the total labor force and 35% of the GDP in 2010. PNG has a very high exposure to earthquake, tsunami and volcanoes as well as being affected by climatic perils including tropical cyclones and the influence of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle which brings with it extremes of drought and excess rain and flooding.

Feasibility study for macro and meso-level index insurance - Jamaica

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Jamaica faces a variety of natural hazards and, on a combined-hazard basis, is among the most vulnerable countries in the world. It lies in the center of the Atlantic hurricane belt, on a complex area of the northern Caribbean Plate margin, and is subject to tropical rainfall and erosion processes. Agriculture in Jamaica is vulnerable to various risks ranging from extreme winds, extreme rain and droughts.

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.

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