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Enhancing the Resilience of the Management of Water Resources in the Agricultural Supply Chain

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Evergrande School of Management, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430065, China
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Hubei Industrial Policy and Management Center, Wuhan 430065, China
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Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B4 7BD, UK
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Water 2021, 13(12), 1619; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13121619
Received: 30 April 2021 / Revised: 4 June 2021 / Accepted: 4 June 2021 / Published: 8 June 2021
Due to population growth and human activities, water shortages have become an increasingly serious concern in recent years. The agri-food industry is the largest water-consuming industry among all industries, and various efforts have been made to reduce the loss of water in the agricultural supply chain. Improving the resilience of water resource management is a key measure to reduce the risks in the agricultural supply chain. This study aims to identify the factors affecting the resilience of water management in the agricultural supply chain and to help manage the risks related to water resources use. A total of 14 factors are selected from five dimensions of society, economy, environment, institution, and crop characteristics, and an index institution is constructed. This was used to determine the level and importance of each factor. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey involving 28 experts from the agricultural industry in Northwest China, as well as a thorough literature analysis and interactions with experts. Using a combination of an interpretative structural model (ISM) and an analytical network process (ANP), a hierarchical structure model was developed, composed of direct factors, indirect factors, and basic factors. The results show that the selection of agricultural products, the establishment of a water audit control institution, the recycling of wastewater, and the investment in water-saving technologies are the main factors affecting the resilience of water resources management in the agricultural supply chain. These findings provide useful guidance for practitioners involved in the management of water resources in agricultural supply chains. These results are expected to contribute to the sustainable management and strategic deployment of water by agricultural supply chain stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: water management resilience; agricultural supply chain; ISM-ANP model water management resilience; agricultural supply chain; ISM-ANP model
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Xu, W.; Zhong, Z.; Proverbs, D.; Xiong, S.; Zhang, Y. Enhancing the Resilience of the Management of Water Resources in the Agricultural Supply Chain. Water 2021, 13, 1619. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13121619

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Xu W, Zhong Z, Proverbs D, Xiong S, Zhang Y. Enhancing the Resilience of the Management of Water Resources in the Agricultural Supply Chain. Water. 2021; 13(12):1619. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13121619

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Xu, Wenping, Zhi Zhong, David Proverbs, Shu Xiong, and Yuan Zhang. 2021. "Enhancing the Resilience of the Management of Water Resources in the Agricultural Supply Chain" Water 13, no. 12: 1619. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13121619

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