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PARM holistic approach to Agricultural Risk Management: Linking research and practice

Massimo Giovanola, Emily Coleman, Carlos E. Arce, Tristan Le Cotty, Damien Quattara, Desirée Zwanck, Moussa Cisse, Tara James
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International Fund for Agricultural Development
PARM - Platform for Agricultural Risk Management
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On the 23rd of June (1.00 PM Rome Time), PARM will host a special panel at the IFAD22 Conference. 


The frequency and severity of agricultural risks continue to rise, particularly insecurity risk. Risks such as droughts, floods, tropical cyclones, pandemics as well as exchange rate and price volatility of commodities are increasingly putting a drain on developing countries’ economies.

PARM/INSURED adopts a holistic approach to Agricultural Risks Management (ARM) that addresses multiple risks (climate, market, social risk etc) at different level (farmers, producer’s organisations, country) and that integrates gender and youth at every stage of the cycle.

The panel

The session aims at presenting and discussing the PARM/INSURED approach to Agricultural Risk Management (ARM) and will gather high-level representatives, including the Director General for Sectoral Studies and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Burkina Faso, besides Experts from PARM and the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD).

During the panel will be presented the three pillars of ARM according to the PARM process:

  • An in-depth assessment of the risks
  • The development of capacities to manage risks
  • The tools available to address risks

All these pillars will be analysed through a gender lens.

The process is validated through participatory and iterative workshops with local and international agriculture stakeholders to turn risks into opportunities. PARM therefore also assists countries to kick -start a systemic and holistic approach to ARM.

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Focus Topic:
Gender / Youth / Social Inclusion

Massimo Giovanola

Lead Technical Specialist, Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM)

Massimo Giovanola is the Lead Technical Specialist for the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He is responsible for managing the PARM process in eight African countries. He works to define the appropriate strategies with the host governments and then guides the organization and implementation of technical studies on subjects such as country profiling, risk management and feasibility. He also develops and maintains partnerships with national and international stakeholders and partner organizations.

Giovanola joined IFAD in 2014 from his previous position at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Between 2000 and 2014, he worked in both emergency and rehabilitation-development programs for Burundi, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan as Country Director and Program Manager with INGO (7 years) and FAO (7 years). His main areas of expertise are country strategy development and program management, agriculture sector, food-security and nutrition.

Giovanola has a master’s in Animal Science from the University of Milan (Veterinary), a diploma in Business Administration from Varese, along with certificates and qualifications from FAO and IFAD in procurement, strategy development, food security and coaching techniques.

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Emily Coleman

Agricultural insurance technical lead, INSURED/PARM, IFAD

Ms Emily Coleman has over 14-years’ experience in international development at UN institutions. Currently she is the agricultural insurance technical lead for the Sida-financed INSURED programme, which is overseen by the multi-donor Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM), hosted at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Ms. Coleman’s experience in agricultural insurance spans project management, implementation, research and development, capacity building, and technical assistance across different regions. Her field experience has been focused on Africa and Asia, including Cambodia, China, Rwanda, Senegal, and Zambia. She is an active member of the main global insurance networks, the MicroInsurance Network, and the Global Action Network on Agricultural Insurance. Ms. Coleman has co-authored international publications on agricultural insurance which include a review of global experiences, guidance for governments and donors, and findings on remote sensing for index insurance development. She has been regularly called upon to present at different international fora on the topics and to contribute to global policy dialogue such as to the G8 and G20. Ms. Coleman has designed, coordinated, and provided technical support to a number of donor- and IFAD-funded initiatives on insurance and financial inclusion.

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Carlos E. Arce

Carlos E. Arce is a lawyer and development economist with over 30 years of experience working on issues of agricultural productivity and risk management.  After working with various international agencies on agriculture and rural development, Carlos joined the World Bank addressing issues related to agricultural risk analysis, weather index-based insurance, and risk mapping applications.  Today, he works as a consultant advising developing economies in agriculture policy and the design of agriculture risk management strategies and applications.

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Tristan Le Cotty

Economist at Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)

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Damien Quattara

Director General for Sectoral Studies and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Burkina Faso

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Desirée Zwanck

Senior Gender Expert at Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM)

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Moussa Cisse

Agricultural Expert at Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS)

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Tara James

PARM/INSURED Agricultural and climate risk insurance expert

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