MSc theses on the understanding of extreme weather events on crop performance and crop insurance as a risk reduction

Published: 19 May 2020

Climate change comes with extreme weather events affect drop performance. One of the anticipatory adaptation to extreme weather events in the human systems is weather-index based crop insurance. However, to determine the premium requires an undertanding of the natural systems where, for example, the relationship between events and yield losses are studied.

Application deadline: 2020-08-31

Currently, efforts are made to include climate change adaptation in green and sustainable growth of all societal sectors. In agriculture, it has been important to explore the potential of risk reduction or risk transfer by different kinds of insurance schemes (Singh and Agrawal 2019). Weather is one of the key factors determining crop growth and development (Hoogenboom, 2000) and, in frame of environmental risk management, risks associated with expected extreme weather events due to climate change and variability need to be reduced. Ben-Ari et al. (2018) showed how extreme weather, which are difficult to foresee, will become more frequent in the future.

The Department of Crop Production Ecology and the Department of Economics are collaborating to develop knowledge in relation to the management of risks posed by extreme weather events in the Swedish context. In this regard, we propose two topics of MSc theses on:

1) The understanding of relationships between of extreme weather indicators and yield losses,
2) A systematic literature review on weather-index based crop insurance (with focus on Swedish farming systems). Additional information: The projects build on earlier studies on impact of extreme weather impacts in agricultural production. References 1. Ben-Ari, T., et al. (2018). Causes and implications of the unforeseen 2016 extreme yield loss in the breadbasket of France. Nature Communications 9(1): 1627. 2. Hoogenboom, G., 2000. Contribution of agrometeorology to the simulation of crop production and its applications. Agric. For. Meteorol. 103, 137-157. 3. Singh, P., and G. Agrawal. 2019. 'Efficacy of weather index insurance for mitigation of weather risks in agriculture An integrative review', International Journal of Ethics and Systems, 35: 584-616.

If you are interested in one of these topics, please contact: Libère Nkurunziza (Department of Crop Production Ecology): or Assem Abouhatab (Department of Economics):


Department of Crop Production Ecology and Department of Economics, SLU

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