AN ANALYSIS OF THE UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES BY THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to analyse the uptake of agricultural insurance services by the agricultural sector for sustainable socio economic development in Zimbabwe. The research covered the period of 2000 to 2015. The research focused on A1 and A2 farmers which consisted of subsistence and small-medium scale commercial farmers. Agriculture is a risky enterprise due to its cyclical nature, risk of loss from fires and natural disasters. The researcher established that agricultural insurance is an important complement to a wholesome, development-oriented agriculture risk management strategy. Furthermore, the advent of innovative agriculture insurance products such as index-based and microinsurance has provided new ways of countering the risks that would otherwise thrust farmers and many other households into poverty and deprivation. The benefits of agriculture insurance contribute positively towards socio economic development. Ironically, the uptake of agriculture insurance by farmers in Zimbabwe is low. Farmers cited various reasons for not taking up agriculture insurance chief among them are affordability and lack of knowledge on how the insurance operates. On the other hand, the local insurers are reluctant to provide comprehensive cover and the policies offered exclude risks such as drought, which affect famers the most. The rationale for this stance is to protect the insurers‟ bottom line against anomalies such as moral hazard, adverse selection and fraud. Random sampling was used to select 10 short term insurance companies out of a total of 20 short term insurance companies registered with IPEC. More so, non-random sampling particularly convenience sampling was used to come up with the sample of farmers. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires and interviews. The data was then analyzed and presented using tables, graphs and charts. The researcher presented conclusions from the research findings and made recommendations aimed at addressing them such as educate farmers on the importance of agricultural insurance on farm operations and insurance products and how the insurance market operates in general, insurers should locate closer to their market and increase their branch network, especially in agricultural thriving areas, to enhance service delivery and the government should subsidise agriculture insurance premiums to enhance uptake by farmers.

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APA

TREVOR, T (2021). AN ANALYSIS OF THE UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES BY THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-the-uptake-of-agricultural-insurance-services-by-the-agricultural-sector-for-sustainable-socio-economic-development-in-zimbabwe

MLA 8th

TREVOR, TOPOYA "AN ANALYSIS OF THE UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES BY THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE" Afribary. Afribary, 04 May. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-the-uptake-of-agricultural-insurance-services-by-the-agricultural-sector-for-sustainable-socio-economic-development-in-zimbabwe. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

MLA7

TREVOR, TOPOYA . "AN ANALYSIS OF THE UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES BY THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE". Afribary, Afribary, 04 May. 2021. Web. 19 Apr. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-the-uptake-of-agricultural-insurance-services-by-the-agricultural-sector-for-sustainable-socio-economic-development-in-zimbabwe >.

Chicago

TREVOR, TOPOYA . "AN ANALYSIS OF THE UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES BY THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE" Afribary (2021). Accessed April 19, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-the-uptake-of-agricultural-insurance-services-by-the-agricultural-sector-for-sustainable-socio-economic-development-in-zimbabwe