Index Insurance Forum

  • Sandee Working Paper: Performance Assessment of Crop Insurance Schemes in Odisha in Eastern India.

    In a Sandee Working Paper, Mamata Swain and Sasmita Patnaik study two major crop insurance schemes operating in Odisha state of India: National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and the pilot Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). NAIS provides compensation for yield losses due to natural causes and covers all food crops and commercial crops. WBCIS provides coverage for paddy crop yield losses due to rainfall only. The study reveals that WBCIS performs better than NAIS as indicated by the higher adoption rate, the higher percentage of farmers benefited, the lower premium, faster claim payment, and the frequent indemnity payment. Read the Working Paper here.

  • GIIF Activity Snapshot

    In June 2016, over 60 participants gathered at the College of insurance in Nairobi to discuss best practices and share their knowledge and expertise on index insurance, particularly livestock insurance and agriculture insurance. Read more about the event

  • Munich Re's The Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa 2015

    Munich Re has released a study that reports on the latest activities and current state of microinsurance in Africa as part of the Microinsurance Network’s World Map of Microinsurance Programme. Go to Publication Database

  • In the fight against climate change, there's a growing visibility for insurers

    Through the partnership with AXA Corporate Solutions on parametric weather insurance, the World bank helps in fight against severe weather and climate change’s impact on developing regions, writes the BorneoPost in Malaysia. AXA works with the World Bank Group’s GIIF to provide innovative and affordable parametric and weather-index linked insurance protection for the world’s most vulnerable, developing regions. Read more

  • Dominican Republic loses an average of US$450 million per year due to natural disasters.

    Panos Varangis, the World Bank Group's Global Lead for agricultural finance and agricultural insurance in the Finance and Markets Global Practice, was speaking at a World Bank event on index insurance in Santo Domingo. Mr. Varangis was presenting index insurance as an alternative financial instrument that can protect agricultural producers in the country -- an ACP member -- from hurricanes, tropical storms, and floods. Read more

  • World Bank Sees Good Yields in Crop Insurance

    Speaking in an interview, the World Bank's Country director for Kenya, Ms Diarietou Gaye, welcomed the government's partnership with local insurance companies in crop and livestock cover policies, which are believed to benefit smallholder farmers. The development is expected to positively impact the country's economic development. Read more

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About Us

Created in 2009, the Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF) works to support the development and growth of local markets for indexed/catastrophic insurance in developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific. GIIF’s objective is to expand the use of index insurance as a risk management tool in agriculture production, food security, and disaster risk reduction, because it helps farmers and households reduce their risks and protect their assets and livelihoods.

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Grants Committed: $35 million (2009-15)
Countries with GIIF projects including policy/regulatory work: 31 in total (Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific)
Clients: 1.3 million farmers, pastoralists and microentrepreneurs (cumulative)
Total Insurance Portfolio$148 million (cumulative)
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Index insurance is a relatively new but innovative approach to insurance provision that pays out benefits on the basis of a predetermined index (e.g. rainfall level) for loss of assets and investments, primarily working capital, resulting from weather and catastrophic events, without requiring the traditional services of insurance claims assessors. Before the start of the insurance period a statistical index is developed which measures deviations from normal for parameters such as:
  • Rainfall
  • Temperature
  • Earthquake magnitude
  • Wind speed
  • Crop yield livestock mortality rates
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GIIF is funded by the European Union, Japan, and the Netherlands.


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GIIF collaborates with the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility to strengthen its knowledge and dissemination related activities. The collaboration aims at improving the delivery of index insurance to farmers and their families as well as businesses, through the extraction, dissemination and promotion of lessons mainly from GIIF implementing partners and to strengthen microinsurance markets in countries that have a strong index insurance potential. 


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Weathering the Risks: Scalable Weather Index Insurance in East Africa


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