USAID and Swiss Re

Farmers in HaitiThony Belizaire/AFP

USAID and Swiss Re announced in October 2011 a three-year partnership to help vulnerable communities fight hunger, build resilience, and reduce the costs of natural disasters in the Americas, Africa and Asia.


With better access to customized, market-based insurance products, poor farmers and their families will be better able to prepare for and cope with the impacts of the droughts, floods and other severe weather events that are predicted to become increasingly common.


When farmers have better instruments to manage risk, they can more easily obtain the loans needed to invest in technologies that increase their yields and productivity, and have greater incentive to make those investments,

knowing that they are buffered from extreme weather events.


The new partnership combines the expertise of Swiss Re, global leader in innovative risk management solutions, with USAID efforts to help countries develop more resilient and productive agricultural sectors to address the root causes of hunger and undernutrition.