Recent advances in the analyses of demand for agricultural insurance in developing and emerging countries

Williams Ali, Awudu Abdulai, Ashok K. Mishra

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Abstract

Despite the significant risks and uncertainties that farmers in developing and emerging countries face in their production process, efforts at encouraging them to adopt agricultural insurance to mitigate their production risks have mainly yielded little success. This article reviews the recent literature on the demand for agricultural insurance in developing and emerging countries, by presenting the state of uptake, drivers of the demand for it, and the potential welfare gains from it. Our review reveals that while risk aversion is necessary for the demand for agricultural insurance, liquidity constraints, rates of time preference, basis risk, and trust are equally relevant in explaining the demand for insurance in poor countries. An interesting observation is the increasing number of studies that employ randomized control trials to analyze farmers' uptake of agricultural insurance in developing and emerging countries. Our comprehensive review finds some information gaps in the literature, and we propose some avenues for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-430
Number of pages20
JournalAnnual Review of Resource Economics
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 6 2020

Keywords

  • Agricultural insurance
  • Developing
  • Emerging countries
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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