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Frontiers in agri-food supply chains Frameworks and case studies


Professor Sander de Leeuw is Chair in Operations Research and Logistics at Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands. He is also Adjunct Professor of Supply Chain Management at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Professor de Leeuw is European Editor for the Journal of Business Logistics and has over 20 years of experience, including management consultancy for companies such as KPMG. He is internationally known for his research on online retail logistics as well as his work with NGOs on humanitarian aid supply chains.

Dr Renzo Akkerman is Associate Professor of Operations Research and Logistics at Wageningen University and Research. He was formerly Professor of Operations Management and Technology at the Technical University of Munich. Dr Akkerman is Coordinator of the European Operations Research Society (EURO) Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains and has contributed to a number of EU Horizon 2020 research projects. He is known for his research on improving safety, quality and resource use in agri-food supply chains.

Dr Rodrigo Romero Silva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Logistics at Wageningen University and Research. He is also Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at Universidad Panamericana, Mexico. Dr Romero Silva formerly conducted research in operations analytics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Amongst other responsibilities, he is on the Scientific Committee EUROSIM 2023. His expertise is in simulating resource use in food supply chains and other production systems.



Publication date:

07 May 2024

Length of book:

426 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801462716

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Whilst there are many types of agri-food supply chain, all face growing pressures to improve safety, efficiency, equity, environmental and health impacts for chain actors and consumers.

Frontiers in agri-food supply chains: Frameworks and case studies takes a considered approach to detailing the recent developments across the sector which support the changing demands placed upon agri-food supply chains, including the emergence of digital technologies to ensure a sufficient supply of safe, high-quality food. The collection highlights the need to assess the performance, infrastructure and governance of agri-food supply chains and provides detailed case studies from several regions around the world to demonstrate examples of improved performance.

In its comprehensive exploration of agri-food supply chains, the book succeeds in highlighting the fragility of our global food system and ways to improve the resilience and efficiency of agri-food supply chains.

What others are saying...

“This volume – edited by a trio of agri-food supply chain experts – delivers a very useful overview of how agri-food supply chains can help tackle current challenges related to climate change, sustainability requirements and the need for sufficient healthy food. The book explores the specificities and main developments of agri-food supply chains in different regions of the world, from Africa and the Middle East to Asia and the Americas, and provides unique perspectives on global developments, tools for agri-food supply chain improvement and relevant cases that illustrate core challenges and opportunities. All in all, this new book is a ‘must read’ for all researchers and practitioners who are active in agri-food supply chains worldwide.” (Prof. Dr. Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst, Managing Director Social Sciences Group, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)

Table of contents

  • 1.Studying agri-food supply chains: an analytical framework: Sander de Leeuw, Renzo Akkerman and Rodrigo Romero-Silva, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;

Part 1 Food supply chains in different regions

  • 2.Agri-food supply chains in the United States: Tobias Schoenherr, Grant Kanak, Amy Montalbano and Sneh Patel, Michigan State University, USA;
  • 3.Agri-food supply chains in Western and Northern Europe: Michael Bourlakis and Emmanuel Sawyerr, Cranfield University, UK;
  • 4.Agri-food supply chains in Southern and Eastern Europe: F. J. Peña Rodríguez, University of Granada, Spain; C. Yacamán Ochoa, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain; and A. Matarán Ruiz, University of Granada, Spain;
  • 5.Agri-food supply chains and food security in Asia: Jose Ma. Luis Montesclaros and Paul S. Teng, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;

Part 2 Assessing agri-food supply chain performance: Tools and techniques

  • 6.End-to-end performance measurement systems for agri-food supply chains: Lusine Aramyan, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands; and Jos van Iwaarden, Kearney, The Netherlands;
  • 7.State of the art in agri-food supply chain infrastructure design: Müge Çerçi, Kocaeli University, Turkey; Zehra B. Kanık, Cankaya University, Turkey; Sibel Erişkan, Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Turkey; and Mehmet Soysal, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • 8.Planning and control in agri-food supply chains: Florian Cramer and Sandra Transchel, Kühne Logistics University, Germany;
  • 9.Information and communication technology in agri-food supply chains: Gerhard Schiefer, University of Bonn, Germany;

Part 3 Performance improvement in agri-food supply chains: Case studies

  • 10.Improving agri-food supply chains in North America: the case of the sugarcane agro-industry in Mexico: José Luis Solleiro and Rosario Castañón, National University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico;
  • 11.Supply chain resilience capabilities in European food supply chains: the impact of COVID-19 in the Netherlands: Renzo Akkerman and Rene Haijema, Wageningen University, The Netherlands; Marvin Kunz, Wageningen Economic Research, The Netherlands; Sander de Leeuw, Wageningen University, The Netherlands; Viet Nguyen, Wageningen University/ Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; and Harmke Schellekens and Gideon van der Stelt, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
  • 12.Improving agri-food supply chains in Africa: Danie Jordaan and Thabile Tsabedze, University of Pretoria, South Africa;
  • 13.Improving agri-food supply chains in Asia: Yijun Li, China Agricultural University, China and Wageningen University, The Netherlands; and Ting Meng, Jingjing Wang, Lu Liu, Mo Li, Xin Zhang and Wen-Feng Cong , China Agricultural University, China;

Part 4 Conclusions

  • 14.Understanding and improving global agri-food supply chains in an interconnected world: a systems approach: Rodrigo Romero-Silva, Renzo Akkerman and Sander de Leeuw, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;