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Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural

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GUIMARAES, Marcelo Fernandes  and  NOGUEIRA, Jorge Madeira. A experiência norte-americana com o seguro agrícola: lições ao Brasil?. Rev. Econ. Sociol. Rural [online]. 2009, vol.47, n.1, pp.27-58. ISSN 1806-9479.

Agricultural insurance is considered to be an effective to manage rural risks. Surprisingly, its adoption by farmers is very limited all over the world. An outstanding exception is the United States of America, country in which this instrument has achieved remarkable success. Nevertheless, the process of diffusion of agricultural insurance in the USA was slow and expensive. It has also required significant government intervention through a variety of complementary actions. In this context, countries willing to introduce this instrument among other agricultural policy tools, as it seems the case of Brazil, should proceed with caution. Agricultural insurance success has important pre-requisites and its general diffusion may amplify its problems. The analysis of the North American experience provides worthwhile lessons.

Keywords : rural risk management; agricultural insurance; North American agricultural policies.

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