Category: Insurance

13 Feb 17'

CHINA UPGRADES SUPPORT TO AGRICULTURE INSURANCE

Right before the Chinese New Year, Ministry of Finance (MoF) in China released an updated guidance of agriculture insurance in China.  It increased the premium support towards central and west...

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1 Feb 17'

How Agtech trends are overcoming the food production shortage – It’s all about the data. Part 1: Data Collection

There are many ways in which food productivity gains can be, and are being achieved, but none more effective than through the application of technology. AgTech or AgriTech is the...

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26 Jan 17'

ERADICATE HUNGER THROUGH INTENSIVE FARMING?

To hit the Sustainable Development Goal to eradicate hunger by 2030, Sir Gordon Conway of Imperial College London estimates that we must double food production in developing countries by 2050, and by 70%,...

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15 Dec 16'

PMFBY-Linked INDIA CROP INSURANCE GROWTH IN 2016

Recent statistics released by the General Insurance Council of India reveal the degree to which insurance premiums are increasing in the country, particularly in the agriculture sector. Agricultural insurance premiums...

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14 Nov 16'

PMFBY PROBLEMS? HARYANA CROP CUTTING HALTED; TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE?

The introduction of the PMFBY insurance scheme in India this year has led to a widely reported increase in the uptake of agricultural insurance across the country. The scheme has been welcome...

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29 Sep 16'

WHAT EMISSION TRADING COULD MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE INSURANCE

Just a few days ago, the Chinese government started the acceleration of the emission trading platform which will serve the so-called Carbon Cash generation for GREEN industries such as agriculture....

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26 Sep 16'

AGRICULTURAL R&D SPENDING—CHINA AND INDIA INVESTING HEAVILY, BUT INVESTMENT RETREATING IN LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES

Two reports into the global patterns in agricultural R&D spending have recently caught my attention.  Agricultural research is critical for greater productivity, efficiency and poverty reduction. Rapidly growing countries with large...

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13 Sep 16'

CITIZEN SCIENCE VALIDATION OF CROP MASKS

When we build agricultural risk models it is important to have accurate data describing where crops are grown. Most of the existing so-called crop masks are derived from a combination...

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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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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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