Food security tops Swiss Re's WEF 2012 agenda

Climate change, poverty and civil unrest. These are just some of the issues that play a crucial role in causing food supply imbalances around the world. Swiss Re is sharing its expertise in mitigating these issues and increasing food security at the 2012 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

What is the link between satellite photography and smallholder farmers in Ethiopia?  The answer: satellite imagery helps determine the extent of damage if there is a drought in the area. This in turn plays a role in speeding up payouts to farmers who have signed on to an innovative insurance initiative that strengthens their community’s food security.

The program, called the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, is one of topics Swiss Re will discuss at the 2012 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

Transforming society through food security

The theme of this year’s conference, which will draw an unprecedented slate of ministers, heads of state, and corporate and NGO leaders, is “The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models.”

Swiss Re CEO Stefan Lippe says that increasing food security by building sustainable agricultural markets is the single most important topic that world leaders should be discussing this year. "Imbalances in food supply can cause, and are causing, everything from sheer, abject poverty and starvation to market turmoil, civil unrest and conflict,” says Lippe.

Finding ways of securing livelihoods of farmers in developing areas can play a role in preventing these issues.

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Published 23 January 2012

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