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  • Closing the gap: Pooling risk in Central America and the Caribbean (PDF, 354kb)

    18 May 2018

    Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.

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  • Staying afloat Flood Risk in Argentina (short version) (PDF, 419kb)

    06 October 2016

    Over the past 50 years, 75 major flood events have been reported in Argentina, affecting around 13 million people and taking more than 500 lives. With the equivalent of USD 22.5bn lost since 1980, floods are the most costly natural catastrophe affecting the country.
    Adjusting for the country‘s GDP growth, the same events today would have caused accumulated losses of USD 43.5bn.

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  • Agricultural insurance in Latin America: taking root (PDF, 994kb)

    15 July 2016

    Agricultural insurance is one of a number of risk management strategies used to confront the perils of agricultural production. It helps manage risks in the agricultural food value chain, stabilize farming income and promote investment in agriculture. In Latin America, agricultural insurance systems include formal and informal risk sharing and transfer arrangements, private insurance and post-disaster government relief. They span the spectrum of predominantly market-based systems where private insurers compete for business, to more state-directed programs.

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  • El seguro agrícola en Latinoamérica: Arraigando (PDF, 1.08mb)

    15 July 2016

    Agricultural insurance is one of a number of risk management strategies used to confront the perils of agricultural production. It helps manage risks in the agricultural food value chain, stabilize farming income and promote investment in agriculture. In Latin America, agricultural insurance systems include formal and informal risk sharing and transfer arrangements, private insurance and post-disaster government relief. They span the spectrum of predominantly market-based systems where private insurers compete for business, to more state-directed programs.

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  • The property protection gap in Latin America (PDF, 2.46mb)

    23 March 2016

    Underinsurance of property risks is a global challenge. Much of the protection gap is due to uninsured global natural catastrophe risk, which has been rising over the past 40 years. This report focuses on the property protection gap in Latin America. The protection gap is defined as the difference between total economic losses and insured losses. With economic development and ongoing urbanisation, the value of property at risk has outpaced the purchase of insurance in many countries.

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  • Agro insurance hotspot: Peru
    (PDF, 1.26mb)

    14 December 2015

    Agriculture employs one in four in Peru. A highly diversified sector, it includes all segments – from commercial to smallholder farming. Export income from coffee is important to the economy but at the same time it’s exposed to
    many perils: The coffee leaf rust outbreak in 2012/2013 was just the latest event to hit the sector

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  • Agro insurance hotspot: Peru
    (PDF, 1.27mb)

    14 December 2015

    Agriculture employs one in four in Peru. A highly diversified sector, it includes all segments – from commercial to smallholder farming. Export income from coffee is important to the economy but at the same time it’s exposed to
    many perils: The coffee leaf rust outbreak in 2012/2013 was just the latest event to hit the sector

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  • Aquaculture insurance in Latin America (PDF, 2.38mb)

    11 December 2014

    Globally, fish represent around 17% of the average per capita animal protein intake, making global aquaculture an important industry in terms of both food provision and employment generation. Indiscriminate exploitation of natural fish stocks is a huge concern and is causing a widening gap between the supply and demand of aquatic organisms.

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  • Risky cities: Mexico City (PDF, 587kb)

    09 October 2014

    Mexico City, a metropolis of around 21 million people is plagued by regular summer flooding which makes life utterly miserable for the city’s inhabitants, just one recent example being the inundation caused by Tropical Storm Ernesto in 2012. It is also exposed to substantial earthquake risk.

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  • Ciudades de riesgo: Ciudad de México (PDF, 1.03mb)

    09 October 2014

    La Ciudad de México es un centro económico de gran actividad muy expuesto tanto al riesgo de sufrir terremotos como desbordamientos de ríos. Mediante los modelos de riesgo de Swiss Re y los datos de peligros pormenorizados disponibles en CatNet, hemos analizado el posible impacto de estos riesgos y otros peligros naturales en el área metropolitana de México.

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  • Supporting low-carbon energy generation in Uruguay (PDF, 575kb)

    15 July 2014

    To decrease the country’s financial exposure in times of drought, in January 2014 Uruguay’s state-owned electric company entered into an 18-month, USD 450 million weather coverage agreement with the World Bank Treasury. Highlighting the strength of public-private partnership, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions took on a material part of the risk.

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