Managing risks to improve farmers' livelihoods

Coming Up Events


PARM in collaboration with its partners raised the need to foster the exchange of knowledge and bring together the experiences available on Agricultural Risk Management (ARM) in developing countries with the objective to build and develop a more structured collection of good practices and lessons learned on ARM as guidance for policy makers and rural development practitioners to strategically implement and mainstream ARM.

For this purpose, the Platform is organizing an International Workshop on practices and lessons learned for development in Agricultural Risk Management in October 2017 (tbc), at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Agricultural Risk Management: a new way of thinking

The Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) presents a short animated awareness video to explain how agricultural risk management (ARM) can significantly contribute to improving the resilience of vulnerable rural households by increasing their capacity to absorb and adapt to risks. Discover how three farmers from Uganda have found ways to manage their risks...

SENEGAL: mainstreaming agricultural risk management into national policies

PARM & FARM-D Webinar on: "Information Systems for Agricultural Risk Management"

PARM & FARM-D Webinar on: "Senegal Risk Assessment: a look into the livestock and fisheries sector"

Who we are

The Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM), is an outcome of the G8 and G20 discussions on food security and agricultural growth

PARMĀ is a four year multi-donor partnership between the European Commission (EC), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the development partners to make risk management an integral part of policy planning and implementation in the agricultural sector.

The Platform plays the role of facilitator in bundling the know-how of participating donors for the development of methodologies for risk analysis and the adoption of risk management strategies, integrating risk management instruments and approaches in public policies, private sector practices and agricultural investment programmes.
The overall objective of PARM is to contribute to sustainable agricultural growth, reduce food insecurity, and improve livelihoods of rural and poor farming households in developing countries.


Expected Results

  • Demand for ARM support from partner countries satisfied
  • Knowledge and capacities to manage risks increased
  • Agricultural risk priorities and risk management tools identified
  • ARM priorities and tools integrated into national policies and development programmes

Where We Work

PARM is currently focusing on

sub-Saharian Africa but may expand its geographical scope to other regions in the future.

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We Do

The Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) process is designed in a flexible way to respond to country context and to the corresponding policy and political processes.

What we do

01Setting Up


  • Kick-off Workshop / Country Visit
  • Early identification of ARM on-going initiatives
  • Terms of reference of the baseline/risk assessment study
  • Identification of experts and contracting
  • Establishment of monitoring mechanism

02Risk Assessment


  • Analysis of risk exposure and financial implications of risk
  • Assessment of risk management activities and tools, policy framework and institutional landscape
  • Prioritization of risks and tools
  • Capacity Building Assessment


  • Presentation and discussion of Draft Risk Assessment study
  • Constitution of National Steering Committee
  • Identification of priorities and Road Map


  • Terms of reference of the feasibility/capacity building studies
  • Identification of experts, financing, task force team

03Policy Dialogue


  • Conduct feasibility studies
  • Capacity Building / Trainings


  • Presentation and discussion of Draft Feasibility Study
  • Identification of priorities


  • Action plan on policy and investment
  • Setting up institutional arrangements



by Government, Donors and other partners


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