Tara Chiu

Tara Steinmetz

Position Title
Assistant Director

AMA Innovation Lab


Tara Chiu is the Assistant Director of the AMA Innovation Lab. In this role, she provides both administrative and strategic support for a wide portfolio of research focused around the topics risk management and resilience, including the I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative. She also supports the AMA Innovation Lab’s efforts to achieve impact through policy-oriented outreach activities that integrate research findings into policy and programming. She 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

March 05, 2018

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

January 05, 2018
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.