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Revenue insurance can be an effective product to protect farmer's revenue (combination of volume and price). Certain boundary conditions need to be met for the product to operate successfully in the market. Swiss Re as leading global agricultural reinsurer likes to engage in the discussions leading up to a wider launch of revenue products in China.
By any standard, China is one of the world’s largest agricultural economies. According to the United Nations, China produced about one-fifth of all cereals, one-third of meats and a quarter of fruits and vegetables in the world in 2004. However, its agricultural sector is under-insured; the agricultural insurance market represented just 0.2 % of the agricultural GDP in 2007.
Smart modelling can help China strengthen its resilience to typhoon risk. In a new publication entitled "Keeping tabs on the typhoon threat", Swiss Re NatCat experts describe a modelling approach that could offer Hong Kong and Shanghai a way of preparing more systematically for natural disasters.
Forests are a vital resource for life on our planet but remain largely uninsured today. Swiss Re believes the re/insurance industry can make a big difference for forestry stakeholders by helping them close the protection gap with viable forest management solutions.
The global economy and even politics are increasingly affected by climate change. In this context, Swiss Re is keen on carrying out research into the changing contexts of natural disasters and the development of relevant financial solutions that aim to reduce, or even eliminate, the negative impacts of these disasters on livelihoods, the economy and politics. It aims to do so by providing those affected, such as individuals, businesses and all levels of government, with relevant scientific and institutionalised disaster-prevention and disaster-relief mechanisms.
Wind farm operators are at the mercy of fluctuating winds. To protect against loss of income, Swiss Re has developed index-triggered insurance for Wind Resource Volatility. The gathering pace of renewable energy generation is accompanied by the inherent unpredictability of this power source and the financial risk this poses. Moreover, this risk not only affects renewable energy producers but also an ever-growing number of stakeholders all along the Value chain.
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