Special Issue "Food Consumption and Sustainable Agri-Food Chains"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Security and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Thomas Glauben
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IAMO - Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies and Martin-Luther University, 06120 Halle, Germany
Interests: agricultural and food economics; econometric methods; Europe and Asia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globally, food consumption has changed dramatically with the exploding population, economic growth, and rapid urbanization, especially in developing countries. Consumers not only demand a sufficient amount of food, but also high-quality diets and nutrients. In many developing countries there is a shift towards more animal products, which tend to have a strong impact on natural resources. Consumers in high-income countries are becoming more and more concerned about food waste, animal welfare, organic foods, and overeating. Around the globe, there are still vast numbers of starving and malnourished people, and at the same time a growing number of obese people. International trade and well-functioning food value chains are considered to be essential factors in combating hunger, malnutrition, and overnutrition. Agri-food markets are facing serious uncertainties, such as international trade disputes and the COVID-19 pandemic, and have to increasingly cope with environmental regulations. Accelerated digitalisation is likely to play a crucial role in boosting the performance of the agri-food business. We invite experts from agricultural economics and related fields to contribute studies from industrialized and developing countries to improve the mutual understanding of changing food consumption patterns and the design of sustainable agricultural and food markets.

Prof. Thomas Glauben
Guest Editor

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  • food consumption
  • agri-food markets and value chains
  • sustainable development

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Innovative Digital Technologies for Purchasing and Consumption in Urban and Regional Agro-Food Systems: A Systematic Review
Foods 2021, 10(2), 208; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10020208 - 20 Jan 2021
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The use of digital technologies in the agro-food sector is growing worldwide, and applications in the urban and regional food systems represent a relevant segment of such growth. The present paper aims at reviewing the literature on which and how digital technologies support [...] Read more.
The use of digital technologies in the agro-food sector is growing worldwide, and applications in the urban and regional food systems represent a relevant segment of such growth. The present paper aims at reviewing the literature on which and how digital technologies support urban and regional agro-food purchasing and consumption, as well as their characteristics. Data collection was performed on Scopus and Web of Science. Articles were selected using a research string and according to specific inclusion and exclusion criteria. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) flow approach was adopted to explain data screening and selection. The 57 resulting studies were included in the final qualitative analysis, which explored the characteristics of the research studies and of the digital technologies analysed. Most of the studies analysed concerned the implications of digital technologies on local food consumption, especially focusing on consumption, primary production and hotel-restaurant-café-catering sector (HORECA), and to a limited extent on the retail sector. Consumers and farmers are the main targets of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools, whose principal aims are providing information on agro-food products and enhancing networking along the food supply chain. Analysing digital technologies allows a better understanding of their most popular features in order to support their spread among citizens. Digital technologies, and particularly Apps, can be a valuable instrument to strengthen agro-food chain actor relations and to promote urban and regional food systems. Full article
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