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.

Drought arrives in Africa: resilient agriculture needed more than eve

Drought is gripping parts of Sub-Saharan Africa again. This puts millions at risk in the region. The farmers of Uganda are also under threat as the data in Swiss Re's newest country fact sheet highlights.

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Two million African smallholder farmers covered

Swiss Re exceeded its commitment to cover 1.4 million smallholder farmers in Africa by 2017. But to feed Africa and the world in future, more needs to be done.

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