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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 a Senior Associate Editor for the International Journal of Logistics Management 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:

30 April 2024

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801462716

Hardback - £150.00
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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.

Key features

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges facing agri-food supply chains, including the need to be more sustainable in light of the high environmental costs of global distribution
  • Addresses the external factors that can impact the logistics and performance of supply chains, including political developments, international conflicts and pandemics such as COVID-19
  • Reviews the main agri-food supply chains used in different regions around the world, focussing on those implanted in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Table of contents

  • 1.Studying agri-food supply chains: an analytical framework: Sander de Leeuw, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;

Part 1 Food supply chains in different regions

  • 2.Agri-food supply chains in the Americas: Tobias Schoenherr, Michigan State University, USA;
  • 3.Agri-food supply chains in Western and Northern Europe: Michael Bourlakis, Cranfield University, UK;
  • 4.Agri-food supply chains in Southern and Eastern Europe: Alberto Mataran Ruiz, University of Granada, Spain;
  • 5.Agri-food supply chains in Asia: Paul Teng, 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.Agri-food supply chain infrastructure design: Mehmet Soysal, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • 8.Planning and control in agri-food supply chains: Sandra Transchel, K├╝hne 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 the Americas: Jose Luis Solleiro, National University of Mexico, Mexico;
  • 11.Supply chain resilience capabilities in European food supply chains: COVID-19 in the Netherlands: Renzo Akkerman, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
  • 12.Improving agri-food supply chains in Africa and the Middle East: Danie Jordaan, University of Pretoria, South Africa;
  • 13.Improving agri-food supply chains in Asia: Wenfeng Cong, China Agricultural University, China;

Part 4 Conclusions * 14.Where next for agri-food supply chains: Sander de Leeuw, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;