Month: August 2016

30 Aug 16'

ASSESSING AGRICULTURAL INDEX INSURANCE RELIABILITY

Index based insurance and risk-transfer schemes have existed for many years in the catastrophe and agriculture risk management worlds. Well known for their relative ease of construction and implementation, they...

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25 Aug 16'

CROP INSURANCE IN INDIA: PMFBY, A BIG SUCCESS?

With the increase in uptake of crop insurance in India—a rumoured tripling of crop insurance premiums in 12-months—following the Modi government’s launch of the PMFBY scheme, we wondered if the scheme...

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22 Aug 16'

CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASED PROBABILITY OF FRENCH FLOODS IN 2016

Attribution science is the science of determining the causes of unusual climate trends and climate-related events. Extreme events are a fundamental characteristic of our planet’s variable climate. However, the degree...

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10 Aug 16'

DO FLOODS OR DROUGHTS CAUSE MOST CROP DAMAGE IN CANADA?

A recent news article piqued my interest as it suggests that in recent years floods have been the major driver of crop damage in the important agricultural states of Saskatchewan and...

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8 Aug 16'

HALF-TIME REPORT ON 2016 INDIAN SUMMER MONSOON

After two years of deficit rainfall in India all eyes were on this year’s monsoon to bring adequate moisture to the sub-continent, boosting crop production and the economy. As we...

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4 Aug 16'

GRAIN OUTPUT AND CONSUMPTION PREDICTED TO BE AT NEAR RECORD LEVELS IN 2016-17

According to the latest update from the International Grains Council, world grain output in 2016/17 is expected to be the second highest ever at 2.046bn tonnes – just 1m tonnes...

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3 Aug 16'

WILL 2016 SET A RECORD FOR CHINA AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE?

China has suffered deeply from floods in 2016 and, this weekend, what flooded the China news was the tragedy occurring in Xing Tai of Hebei province. Dozens of people lost their lives and many...

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2 Aug 16'

INDEX INSURANCE AND CLIMATE RISK

The prevalence of mobile technology in East Africa is truly amazing. Want to beam a photo from your camera to your blog whilst you are in the middle of the...

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1 Aug 16'

WORLD WEATHER: 2016’s EARLY RECORD HEAT GIVES WAY TO HEAVY RAINS

The record-breaking heat of the first six months has turned to severe seasonal flooding across Asia in one of the strongest monsoon seasons in many years. Meteorologists say that the 2016...

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