Many people in the developing world, from shop owners to farmers, face risk from hazards such as weather, disease, or theft, but largely lack insurance to manage these risks. For farmers, risk of bad weather may be preventing them from investing and yielding more from their crops, while health insurance can provide another important safety net. IPA’s research in this area explores how insurance can help protect the poor from unexpected emergencies.

A farmer on his land plot in Brazil
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Recent research suggests that droughts and other natural disasters may impact farmers’ cognition as well as their agricultural income.

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Researchers are testing whether access to improved-yield agricultural inputs and agricultural extension advice—when provided individually or in combination—leads to more intensive land cultivation...

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Examining the impact of marketing assistance and trade credit among farmers' groups.