Partnering for food security

Swiss Re believes that partnering for food security is a crucial step on the path to making sure everyone has enough to eat.

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient and affordable food that meets their needs for an active and healthy life.

But this isn't the case for all. Despite international efforts, 870 million people are still hungry today. Soaring food prices, climate change, water and energy shortages, and the lack of adequate infrastructure can endanger our highly vulnerable global food system.

Swiss Re is one of the world's leading agricultural re/insurers, offering innovative risk transfer solutions tailored to the needs of farmers, who are an important link in the global food supply chain. Risk management instruments such as re/insurance create the financial resilience needed by farmers, banks and the agricultural industry.

We develop insurance products such as index-based solutions, which are cheaper and faster to deploy. We create incentives for buying insurance, for example by establishing insurance as collateral for production credit. And we work with farmers' groups, governments, NGOs, microfinance institutions and banks to increase access to our products and secure incomes along the agricultural value chain.

We believe in partnering for food security. Our stories show how we do it.

Record Drought strikes but insurance keeps farmers growing

Falling reservoir levels, water rationing and a coffee harvest 30% below expectations. These are some of the effects of the current record drought in central Brazil. But many farmers in the country can...

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Microinsurance pays USD 160,000 to Kenyan farmers

The farmers receiving payout are members of Kilimo Salama, a seed growing programme run by Kenya Seed Company, the leading producer of maize seed in East Africa.

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