Tara Chiu

Tara Steinmetz

Position Title
Associate Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience


Tara Chiu provides administrative and strategic support for a wide portfolio of research projects focused on poverty, food security, improved technology adoption and risk management and resilience. This includes the Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4). She conducts high-impact outreach to integrate research findings for more effective, evidence-based public policy and development programming. She regularly consults on index insurance implementation and scaling for national governments and NGOs. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia and holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Articles by Tara Chiu

New Tool Measures the Real Value of Agricultural Index Insurance

When I think about access to finance for smallholder farmers, I always think of my host father from my time in The Gambia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. At the time, I was frustrated that he would not adopt improved seeds that were more expensive but that could increase productivity.

Index Insurance: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go

AMA Innovation Lab research on drought-tolerant maize may seem out of context in South Asia, but given the severity of flooding in Bangladesh and much of the rest of the region this past year it is clear that more than stress resistant seeds are needed.