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UKRAINIAN AGRICULTURAL WEATHER RISK MANAGEMENT

WORLD BANK COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP

Ulrich Hess

Joanna Syroka PhD

January 20 2004

UKRAINIAN AGRICULTURAL WEATHER RISK MANAGEMENT

WORLD BANK COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP

IFC PEP Ukraine

Ulrich Hess

Joanna Syroka PhD

January 22 2004

Weather Index Insurance

for Agriculture

COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP

The World Bank

13th October 2006

William J. Dick

outline
OUTLINE
  • Overview of the Commodity Risk Management Group (CRMG), the World Bank
  • Index-based Weather Insurance
  • How to develop a Weather Insurance program?
  • Extending the index concept to flood insurance
crmg facilitates
CRMG facilitates….
  • Market-based Risk Transfer Products
    • Weather index-based insurance
    • Price risk management contracts
  • New Applications
    • Disaster risk financing
    • Extension to new hazards
  • Access to risk capital
    • Access to global reinsurance markets
  • Knowledge Transfer and Education
    • Technical assistance in projects
    • Publications and training workshops
  • Existing Transactions
    • India, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ukraine.…
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CRMG global activities

2005

2002

2004

2006

2001

2003

Feasibility Study

Pilot Design

Pilot Implementation

motivation
Motivation
  • Traditional crop insurance
    • Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI)
      • Yield-based insurance is not sustainable
    • Named peril Crop Insurance
      • Damage-based insurance is viable for selected localised perils
  • Main Problems
    • Loss adjustment and farm level data
    • Moral hazard
    • Adverse selection due to asymmetric information
    • High monitoring and administrative costs
    • Often heavily subsidised
    • Operationally difficult for small farmer agriculture
experience with public crop insurance
Experience with public crop insurance

Financial performance of crop insurance

  • Condition for sustainability:

(A+I)/P < 1

Where:

A = average administrative cost

I = average indemnities paid

P = average premiums paid

Source: Hazell

index insurance
Index insurance
  • Challenge

Design an alternative, efficient and cost-effective crop failure insurance program that facilitates risk transfer and is feasible for small farmers in low-income countries.

what are index insurance contracts
What are index insurance contracts ?
  • An index insurance contract indemnifies based on the value of an “index”- not on losses measured in the field
  • An index is a variable that is highly correlated with losses and that cannot be influenced by the insured
  • Example indices: rainfall, temperature, regional yield, river levels
  • Index insurance contracts overcome most of the supply side problems of traditional insurance contracts
main characteristics of an index
Main characteristics of an index
  • Observable and easily measured
  • Objective
  • Transparent
  • Independently verifiable
  • Able to be reported in a timely manner
  • Stable and sustainable over time

Weather indexes can form the basis of an insurance contract that protects farmers from weather risk

payout structure drought protection

Maximum Payout

Long-Term Average Rainfall

Trigger Rainfall Level

Payout structure: drought protection

EXAMPLE OF PAYOUT STRUCTURE

Financial payout - increment

per mm

Payout (unit per ha)

Deficit Rainfall Index (mm.)

the global market
The global market
  • Deals transacted:
    • Argentina I – Weather insured seed credit
    • Argentina II – Dairy yield protection against low rainfall
    • South Africa – Apple co-operative freeze cover
    • India – Approximately 250,000 insured against poor monsoon
    • Mexico – Crop insurance portfolio reinsurance through weather derivative structure
    • Canada (Ontario) - Forage insurance with weather indexation
    • Canada (Alberta) - Heat index insurance for maize
    • Ukraine – Winter wheat protection against weather risks
    • Malawi – Weather insurance pilot for groundnut farmers
    • Ethiopia – WFP Drought Insurance
  • Under preparation:
    • Morocco – Wheat yield protection against drought
    • Zambia – Maize yield protection against drought
    • Nicaragua – Bank-intermediated weather insurance for groundnut farmers
    • Thailand – Bank-intermediated weather insurance
developing a pilot program
Developing a pilot program
  • Identify significant farmer exposure to weather
  • Quantify the impact of adverse weather on their revenues
  • Structure a contract that pays out when adverse weather occurs
  • Execute contract (with insurers and a delivery channel)
  • Secureinternational reinsurance
high probability low consequence risks vs low probability high consequence risks

Low probability

High Consequence

Extremely low yields

High probability

Low Consequence

Reduced yields

Low probability

High Consequence

Extremely low yields

Extreme weather events (droughts)

Normal weather

Extreme weather events (excess rainfall or flood)

The producers generally perceive this as their risk

High Probability, Low Consequence Risks Vs.Low Probability, High Consequence Risks
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*Maize yields are particularly sensitive to

rainfall during the tasseling stage and the yield

formation stage – rainfall during the latter

phase determines the size of the maize grain

Sowing and

establishment

period is also critical

crop survival

Diagram taken from the FAO’s maize water requirement report*

The cropping calendar

  • A rainfall index is normally split into 3 or more crop growth phases
  • Objective: maximise the correlation between index and loss of crop yield
distribution and risk transfer
Distribution and risk transfer
  • Bank-intermediated weather insurance contracts to farmers

Global Reinsurance Companies

International

Reinsurance treaty

Insurance Company/ Syndicate

National

Contractual relationship (risk transfer, services, operations etc.)

Agricultural Bank

Weather insurance contracts

Farmers

weather index insurance summary
Weather index insurance - summary
  • The product is simple and weather measurements can be understood by farmers
  • Basis risk can be reduced by increasing the density of low cost weather stations
  • Low cost of distribution and loss adjustment
  • Less specialist knowledge needed to underwrite the product
  • The product is suited for catastrophe hazards
  • The product is highly flexible and can multiply in the insurance market
  • Reinsurers are interested to accept the risk
flood insurance concept
Flood insurance concept

Design a flood index which can proxy losses caused to crop

    • Rice is the strategic crop most exposed to flood
    • Flood impact is dependent on variety, time of occurrence, depth, speed and duration of flood water
  • Harness technology to support insurance underwriting and operations
  • 2 key components for index design phase
    • Flood modelling (FM)
    • Agro meteorological modelling (AMM)
  • 2 key components for operational phase
    • Geographical information system
    • Earth Observation (EO)
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“Medium Risk” Pricing Zone

“High Risk” Pricing Zone

LA1

LA2

LA4

Pasak

River

LA3

LA5

“Low Risk” Pricing Zone

summary combining the technology components
Summary: Combining the Technology Components

FM + AMM

Design a flood index that proxies crop loss

FM+EO+GIS

Define flood risk zones and pricing the contract

EO+ GIS

Loss adjustment for payout determination according to the index

FM: flood modelling. AMM: Agro-meteorological modelling. EO: Earth observation. GIS: Geographical Information System.

remote sensing can measure flooded areas
Remote sensing can measure flooded areas

Flood assessment based on SAR - Bangladesh 07/2004

Flood map

River gauges

challenges in indexing flood risk
Challenges in indexing flood risk

Types of flood risk

  • River inundation flood
  • Flash flood
  • Typhoon induced flood
  • Coastal surge flood

Challenges

  • Zoning for insurance purposes
  • Defining “macro” or “micro” level insurance products
  • Pricing flood risk
  • Influence of flood management practices on risk
  • Avoidance of anti-selection
  • Simplifying the product

CRMG is still in the research phase

  • Thailand, Vietnam and Bangladesh
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