Greg Lowe on Financing Resilience | Re:co Symposium 2019

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Today, we’re very happy to present the fifth and final episode of “Value Chains: Transparency and Market Linkages,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. Acknowledging that this isn’t the first coffee price crisis, this session brought leaders together to ask: How successful were the tools we employed previously? What new tools offer potential solutions?

If you haven’t seen the previous episodes in this series, we strongly recommend going back to watch before you continue with this episode. 

Insurance is a common financial instrument, but often misunderstood. Today’s speaker, Greg Low, asks: What is insurance’s role in building resilient business models? New developments in insurance solutions can transform how risk is managed, understood, and priced. From crop insurance to weather insurance, new financing models are unlocking possibilities for agricultural supply chains.

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Table of Contents

0:00 Introduction
2:15 The history of insurance and how it works
7:30 How insurance relates to the coffee sector
9:25 How the insurance industry helps agricultural producers generally
17:45 What do the initiatives in agricultural insurance mean for coffee producers?