Annual Conference 2011 : Price Volatility and Climate Change: Implications for the Ag-Risk Management Agenda
About the Conference
The FARMD Annual Conference 2011 was held June 9-10 in Zurich, Switzerland. The discussions and presentations during the first day of the conference focused on Price volatility, while the focus of the second day was on index insurance under the context of climate change.
The conference benefited from the perspectives of nearly 30 presenters from the academia, development organizations, NGOs and the private sector. Preparations for the dissemination of videos and conference presentations is undergoing please check back here in the near future to download materials.
Over 80 risk management practitioners working along different supply chains, from farm to market, including representatives of producer organizations, consumers, traders, risk-management service providers, academics, government officials, public authorities, etc. attended and helped make the FARMD Annual Conference a success.
Encouraging feedback from the participants
The positive feedback from the conference's participants has been very encouraging. High satisfaction was reported in terms of the overall quality of the conference and the fullfitment of expectations.
What worked best at the conference:
Diverse view points and no attempt to push "bullet" or "single" solutions.
Good combination of theoretical and conceptual presentations and actual experiences and practice.
Panel discussions bring academics plus practical presenters.
Having the opportunity to look at price and weather risks and the management options together.
The organization was smooth throughout.
Sharing information and enlightenment.
Network ing opportunities due to the mix of participants.
The presentations were of a very high standard. Presenters very knowledgeable. Content very pertinent.
Views on future thematic topics for FARMD conferences/events:
Fiscal risk management.
Disaster risk management platforms.
Value chain risks,
Animal health risks.
Social protection and risk management.
Value chain finance.
Opportunities for private reinsurance sector.
On farm adoption strategies to weather risks and investment needs in this area.
Ag-risk management for financial institutions.
Illustrative examples of actual ag-risk management policies (government level).