IDB Conference on Risk Management in Agricultural Finance: Building More Inclusive and Secure Markets

Written by admin on October 3, 2012. Posted in Financial Institutions, Parametric Insurance, Seminars & Workshops

The September 24, 2012 Inter-American Development Bank conference on Risk Management in Agricultural Finance examined new approaches for managing agricultural risks that help expand access to finance while lowering rural poverty and improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean. The focus was on market-based approaches that address pervasive price and output risks in agriculture. Experts discussed the challenge facing policymakers and practitioners as they seek successful innovations that are sustainable and scalable. The conference highlighted case studies of products and institutions that are considered to be at the cutting edge and have already demonstrated effective results.

Dr. Jerry Skees presented on Creating a Regional Platform for Risk Management in LAC. Viewed form the regional perspective, there are many opportunities to diversify and transfer risks. The approach proposed is for a market based facility to manage regional risks through use of reserves, access to contingent credit, futures exchange markets, and recent innovations in risk pooling for natural disasters. Economies of scale and scope are needed for a Regional Platform to be effective with adequate capitalization and a capacity to manage a diverse portfolio of risks.

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Benjamin collier presented on Financial Inclusion and Protecting Bank Portfolios from Natural Disaster Risks. Sustainable financial inclusion is significantly challenged by the presence of systemic risks such as natural disasters and commodity price volatility. In general, financial institutions are poorly equipped to manage these systemic risks under current public and private sector standards. Systemic events create losses, erode capital and compromise their ability to lend. As a result, financial institutions limit their financing for vulnerable households and firms. Portfolio-level insurance against disasters can improve management of these events. The case of insurance against exposure to severe El Niño effects in Peru will be presented, showing how this product allows lenders to manage this risk more efficiently and effectively, translating into better financial performance, expansion of banking service outreach, lower interest rates, and reduced volatility in access to credit.

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Richard Carpenter presented on Barriers to Product and Institutional Innovations. What is the appropriate legal and regulatory setting to support new innovations in insurance and derivatives? What are the needed upgrades to banking regulation and supervision? Based on experiences in various countries, the presentation identifies what are the main “gaps” found in emerging market economies that inhibit the use of state-of-the-art financial instruments. Also discussed are lessons regarding how to overcome these barriers.

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Skees Keynote Address at 2012 Research Conference on MicroInsurance

Written by admin on August 19, 2012. Posted in Seminars & Workshops


The 2012 Research Conference on MicroInsurance was organized by the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies, a research institute of the University of  Twente, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as various international (research) institutes in the field of microfinance.

The potential of microinsurance as a market mechanism for the reduction of vulnerability of low income households has attracted the attention of the commercial sectors as well as donors, government and NGOs. It is recently being estimated that the global micro insurance market is worth USD 40 billion to the insurance industry and that it could reach out to 2.6 billion low income people worldwide (Swiss Re, 2010). The characteristics of this young and fast growing field imply that there is a large role to play for innovative research focusing on many different aspects of microinsurance.

The aim of the 2012 Research Conference on MicroInsurance was two-fold. First of all its objective was to assess the state of the art in microinsurance research and to provide a platform for further in-depth academic  discussions, as a complement and follow-up to the Annual International Microinsurance Conferences. In addition, the conference aimed to create a dialogue between researchers from different geographical regions and the variety of research disciplines.

Dr. Jerry Skees
presented a Keynote Address during this conference on the topic of Agriculture and Natural Disaster Insurance. Other Keynote speeches were provided by Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Craig Churchill, Chair of the Microinsurance Network and Team Leader of ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility, Xavier Giné, World Bank and Bart Criel of the Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp.

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MicroInsurance Innovation Facility Interview

Written by admin on July 11, 2012. Posted in Parametric Insurance, Seminars & Workshops

Dr. Skees was recently interviewed by the ILO MicroInsurance Innovation Facility in Geneva, Switzerland where he also provided a workshop to the Facility’s staff.

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