Administering crop insurance in Asian countries with small fragmented agriculture land holdings is an expensive affair, but
costs can be substantially lowered with the introduction of index-based or parametric insurance schemes. These are managed,
however, through relatively generic data measurements that do not always capture the experiences of individual farmers.
The impact of extreme weather is painful and expensive. This is because the world population and asset concentrations are increasing, especially in the cities of the developing world, many of which lie either on the coast or on major waterways close to it. Bangkok is one case in point. The latest edition in Swiss Re's Risky cities series examines the risks.Download