Special Issue "Supply Chain Management for Sustainable Agribusiness"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: global supply chain management; supply chain technology; supply chain benchmarking; supply chain model design
The agriculture industry employs the most people in the world, and the main source of food and income for many people living in poverty. It is not only essential to many countries’ (esp. developing countries) economic growth, but also essential for the sustainability of our living environments, since agricultural products are harvested from the mother earth. Considering a crucial role that agricultural activities play in sustaining our livelihood, their management may have a profound impact on quality of our lives. In particular, since agricultural goods are primary sources of virgin materials needed for environment-friendly products (e.g., corn for ethanol), their thoughtful supply chain management can enhance sustainability. Management of an agricultural supply chain, however, poses many difficult challenges due to the handling of perishable goods, preservation of products susceptible to weather/temperature conditions, distribution of agricultural goods (esp. food) across the world, pricing of commoditized products, government regulations on land property, potential abuse of agricultural workers, and so forth. In recognition of these challenges, this special issue aims to bring together the recent advances in research methodologies and their applications to various aspects of agricultural supply chain activities. The examples of relevant research topics include:
- Sustainable transportation/storage of perishable agricultural products
- Responsible disposable of food waste, recycling/reusing of food packages
- Agricultural commodity pricing or price hedging
- Corporate social responsibility for agricultural worker treatments
- Migrant agricultural workforce management
- Cold-storage location-allocation
- Omni-channel for food retailing services
- e-fulfillment of agricultural products
- Agribusiness infrastructure development
- Blockchain technology for the security and safety of food products
- Risk management of the agricultural supply chain
Papers centered on building theory or based on actual case studies will be especially welcomed. In addition, papers that synthesize the past evolution of sustainable agricultural supply chain management and provide future research directions are strongly encouraged. If relevant to the sustainable agricultural supply chain, the topics of interest for this special issue are not limited to the aforementioned areas.
Prof. Dr. Hokey Min
Prof. Dr. Yohannes Haile
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- agricultural supply chain
- cold-supply chain
- food supply chain
- corporate social responsibility