35' AIAG Congress

from 6 to 9 October 2019 at Palais des Congrès in Bordeaux

"Risk management for agricultural production climate volatility and the role of the insurance sector and the state"

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The 35th AIAG Congress took place in Bordeaux from 6 to 9 October 2019. France is one of the founding members of the AIAG and has been represented in the organisation from the beginning. Back in the founding year of 1951, the first AIAG Congress was held in Paris. Others followed in Nice, Cannes and Deauville, and the 50th anniversary was again held in Paris.

More than 400 participants from almost 40 countries accepted the invitation from the French crop insurers, in particular L’Étoile and Fédération Française de l’Assurance, to the famous wine region. Over 20 international speakers provided fascinating insights into extremely topical subjects related to the theme of the congress – “Risk Management for Agricultural Production, Climate Volatility and the Role of the Insurance Sector and the State”. The participants also had the opportunity to share experiences in meetings and workshops.

The congress was opened by the sitting AIAG president, Arnaud de Beaucaron, with a formal address. Bordeaux’s deputy mayor, Stephan Delaux, gave the official welcome address. The opening speaker, Serge Lhermitte – a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture – was then on hand to present the risk management situation for producers regarding climate change and the subsidised insurance system in France. Yann le Goaster, Director of the FGVB and Christophe Chateau, Communication Director at the CIVB, explained the characteristics of viticulture in Bordeaux to the audience. Arnaud Chneiweiss, representative of the Fédération Française de l’Assurance FFA, gave an impressive presentation on the change in the insurance market and its services since the 19th century. It is important to remember that the French market comprises less than a dozen insurance companies, which cover 31% of French agricultural land in relation to hail and 30% relating to multiple risks.

Numerous specific speeches then explored the main topic in detail. Participants particularly received comprehensive information about global agricultural insurance systems that are having to deal with new challenges due to climate change. Speakers from Europe, America and Asia provided an interesting overview of their insurance systems and described future developments in cooperation between the insurance industry and the state. Besides the noteworthy addresses by the speakers, the professional exchange of ideas between participants was an important part of the meeting once again this year. The congress was rounded off by an impressive supporting programme in Bordeaux.

As part of the general meeting this year, Pascal Forrer, Director of Schweizer Hagel, Zurich, was elected as the new AIAG president. He replaces Arnaud de Beaucaron, L’Etoile, Paris, who headed up AIAG over the last four years. Jaap Breugem, Achmea, Leiden and Francesco Girotti, Generali Italia, Rome were chosen as new board members. Delphine Létendart, Groupama, Paris was confirmed as the secretary treasurer.

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our hosts and the numerous sponsors that made another unforgettable congress possible with their commitment and generous support.


The next congress, on the 70th anniversary of the AIAG, will take place in Istanbul in October 2021. Tarsim, the agricultural insurance pool in Turkey, will host the congress.


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Past Congresses

2019 Bordeaux (FR)
2017 Warsaw (PL)
2015 Kansas City (US)
2013 Vienna (AT)
2011 Athens (GR)
2009 Rome (IT)
2007 Berlin (DE)
2005 Madrid (ES)
2003 Lucerne (CH)

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