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PARM’s mandate is to strengthen agricultural risk management through knowledge sharing and capacity building activities to improve the human capital of all the stakeholders that can contribute to a better agricultural risk management system, in particular, vulnerable rural households.

In order to achieve the objective of mainstreaming agricultural risk management into policy frameworks, the PARM Secretariat collaborates with NEPAD and many partners to implement three main activities:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Capacity Development
  • PARM process


  1. PARM’s mandate is to strengthen agricultural risk management through knowledge sharing and capacity building activities to improve the human capital of all the stakeholders that can contribute to a better agricultural risk management system, in particular, vulnerable rural households. In order to...
  2. This learning document introduces the concept of risk affecting farming activities, the characteristics and main causes, risk implications on farmers’ livelihood and to other major stakeholders in the agricultural system. It is developed specifically for PARM CD2 level training – but it can also...
  3. This materialexplains the key concepts for assessing, analyzing and prioritizing risks. Specifically, it includes various methods – both qualitative and quantitative – for assessing risks at micro, meso and macro levels. It is developed specifically for PARM CD2 level training – but it can also...
  4. This module presents knowledge on the diverse forms of tools that can be used to manage risks. It focuses on main production, finance, market, and government-support related ARM tools – to be used alone or in combination – with an overview of advantages and disadvantages for each tool. It is...
  5. This material concentrates on the identification and comparison of tools for aneffective risk management strategy. It also provides guidance on how to implement, planand evaluate farm-level risk management strategies, and concludes with an overview of the role of policy in the ARM process. It is...
  6. PARM’s capacity development (CD) activities aim to improve stakeholders’ knowledge on agricultural risk and increase their management capacities to address all types of risks. The Guidelines consist of the supporting materials for trainers of Agriculture Risk Management (ARM) Capacity Development...
  7. PARM’s capacity development (CD) activities aim to improve stakeholders’ knowledge on agricultural risk and increase their management capacities to address all types of risks. This Manual is a reference document for Trainers of Agricultural Risk Management (ARM) courses. It focuses on the...
  8. PARM’s capacity development (CD) activities aim to improve stakeholders’ knowledge on agricultural risk and increase their management capacities to address all types of risks. This training Handbook is a reference document for participant trainees of Agricultural Risk Management (ARM) courses. It...
  9. PARM’s capacity development (CD) activities aim to improve stakeholders’ knowledge on agricultural risk and increase their management capacities to address all types of risks. These trainingSlideswere compiled to serve as a reference document on the key ideas and information to be presented in an...
  10. "Agricultural Risk Management: a new way of thinking" - (C) PARM 2016 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...
  11. A risk affecting agriculture is the possibility of occurrence of an event that has adverse effects on both individual farmers and the overall performance of the agricultural sector in a region or area. Reduction of the negative consequences of risks is often possible and always desirable. Farmers...