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Rosa Mato-Amboage, Julia Touza, Mario Soliño. Understanding Farmers’ Preferences Towards Insurance Schemes that Promote Biosecurity Best Management Practices[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2022, 13(5): 705-715. doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00435-0
Citation: Rosa Mato-Amboage, Julia Touza, Mario Soliño. Understanding Farmers’ Preferences Towards Insurance Schemes that Promote Biosecurity Best Management Practices[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2022, 13(5): 705-715. doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00435-0

Understanding Farmers’ Preferences Towards Insurance Schemes that Promote Biosecurity Best Management Practices

doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00435-0

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nez Escalona, and Santiago Ruiz Suso. Lastly, thanks to Dr Jon Pitchford, for proofreading the article, and Prof. Stephane Hess for developing the free software for the estimation of WTP using conditional parameter estimates from mixed logit models.

nchez, Javier Rodrí

os Agricultores y Ganaderos, A Pementeira, Melisanto Sociedade Cooperativa, Horsal Sociedade Cooperativa, Postoiro Sociedade Cooperativa, and Patatas Ama. We would like to extend special thanks to Ramon Mato Sá

n, Paula Kreisler Moreno, José

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We would like to thank all the participants of this study—without their opinions and experiences this work would not have been possible. We would like to express our gratitude to the following agricultural associations for distributing the survey among their members: Cooperativas Agroalimentarias, AGACA—Asociació

n Pedreira Dono, Oscar Antó

n Galega de Cooperativas Agrarias, Sindicato Labrego, UPA—Unió

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  • Plant pest and disease outbreaks, which occur with increasing frequency and intensity, cause catastrophic losses and threaten food security in many areas around the world. These impacts are expected to be exacerbated by climate change. Tackling this challenge requires mechanisms that ensure the financial security of farmers while incentivizing private biosecurity efforts to prevent future outbreaks. This study explored crop producers' preferences for a subsidized insurance scheme as an instrument to manage novel biotic risks. Specifically, we developed a choice experiment to evaluate Spanish growers' willingness to pay for a crop insurance product that promotes compliance with best biosecurity management practices. Our results show that while growers are willing to pay more for high coverage products that increase the resilience of crops to potential catastrophic outbreaks, there is neither a strong demand nor widespread availability of such tools. Farmers required reductions in premiums before undertaking risk prevention measures; they are more willing to pay for schemes that link their eligibility to access to ad hoc funds in the eventuality of a catastrophic outbreak than they are to purchase insurance. Our findings also suggest that Spanish growers prefer expanding the eligible risks covered by insurance and envisage a role for insurance in offering biosecurity protection.
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