Freeze events can severely impact crop maturity, resulting in unanticipated revenue losses. This poses significant challenges, especially for farmers ineligible for Multiple Peril Crop Insurance and agribusinesses dependent on frost-sensitive crops.
For businesses looking to mitigate low temperature risks, parametric insurance offers a streamlined solution. Parametric insurance can be structured to account for specific perils on specific days and adjusted to provide varying coverage for different areas within a geographical region. Moreover, because parametric policies are tied to objective data triggers – such as temperature conditions – they sidestep the need for manual loss assessments, ensuring rapid financial relief to policyholders.
In less fortunate instances, frost can lead to a large reduction in crop yields. In April 2021, the wine industry in France suffered an “estimated 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in economic damage” after a two-day frost decimated grapes throughout the Champagne and Burgundy regions. More recently, in March, 90% of Georgia's peaches were destroyed after freezing temperatures swept across the state, while in May, farmers throughout Connecticut contended with a frost that ravaged blueberry, strawberry, peach, grape, and cherry crops, as well as Christmas Trees. When a harvest falls tragically short of its potential, its effects ripple throughout the supply chain. The increasingly interconnected nature of our world means that negative outcomes do not remain local.
Parametric insurance offers customized protection against revenue losses due to frost. It can benefit a wide range of businesses, including:
Tailor the Perfect Solution for Your Client’s Agribusiness Parametric insurance can be tailored to fit the distinct needs of different types of businesses. That means that you can offer your clients a policy that takes into account the different risk profiles of the crops they grow as well as the various geographical characteristics of the area they operate in.
Swift Claims Processing with Minimal Hassle A key advantage of parametric insurance is its streamlined claims process. Unlike traditional insurance which often requires manual claims assessments, parametric insurance is based on objective triggers such as independent weather data. Once a predefined parameter is triggered– e.g. temperatures drop below a certain point – payouts are triggered rapidly and policyholders receive financial relief to address revenue shortfalls due to adverse climate events, like freeze conditions.
Continual Review and Adjustments Climate and weather conditions are unpredictable and impact agribusinesses across the entire world, Parametric insurance provides an agile financial backstop for your clients to build long-term, operational resilience against rapidly changing risks so they can focus on what is truly important, i.e., growing and sustaining their businesses.
As the CEO of a flourishing wine production operation in California, Lauren faced a major setback. During the previous year, an unexpected and severe cold snap descended on her vineyards in Napa Valley, freezing her grapes before they could be harvested. This calamity resulted in her operation losing almost 50% of their anticipated revenue.
Lauren’s traditional insurance policy proved woefully inadequate in terms of providing coverage for sudden temperature drops. Not only did it not provide coverage tailored to the specific risk period but it also failed to recognize that different sections of the vineyard were variously affected. Moreover, in the past, Lauren had found her policy provider to be slow to process her insurance claims –and the claims process itself to be one marked by disputes over bewildering policy exemptions.
A parametric insurance cover tailored to Lauren's specific needs. Key features included:
For Lauren's vineyard, if temperatures dropped to 28° F, she would receive 100% of the limit. For every degree below the coverage trigger of 36° F, she would be compensated $125,000. We would keep a vigilant eye on the minimum temperatures daily, and Lauren would also have access to this data, allowing her to take preventive measures.
For every degree below the 36° F threshold, Lauren's operation would receive a payout of $125,000. If the temperature reaches 28° F, the vineyard would be compensated with the full limit of $1,000,000.
With the specified dates chosen and on-site weather stations capturing real-time data, the owner of the vineyard can take comfort in knowing that any temperature-induced losses will be promptly compensated at the end of the risk period.