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Special Issue "Sustainable Agriculture-Food Supply Chains: Innovation, Technologies, and Decisions"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022 | Viewed by 273

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Guoqing Zhao
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Guest Editor
Plymouth Business School/Centre for Health Technology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Interests: supply chain risk management; supply chain resilience; knowledge mobilisation; eHealth technologies
Dr. Femi Olan
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Guest Editor
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8St, UK
Interests: sustainability; supply chain management; technology
Dr. Haiyan Lu
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Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE, UK
Interests: sustainable supply chain management; food supply chain management; supply chain relationship and network governance; social network research
Prof. Dr. Shaofeng Liu
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Guest Editor
Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Interests: decision making and intelligent support; knowledge management; product and service value chain innovation; sustainable and global supply chain management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture food supply chains (AFSCs) are defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as “linked events in the agricultural production of food, which involves all stages of production, processing, trading, distribution, and consumption – namely, from ‘farm-to-fork’”. Its smooth, efficient, and sustainable development plays a key role in generating employment worldwide, increasing income of poor households in developing countries, alleviating the impacts of climate crisis, and contributing to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), such as no proverty, zero hunger, and responsible consumption and production. 

Governments launched various programs for promoting AFSCs’ sustainability. For example, the UN environmental program conducted two pilot projects for improving sustainable management of lobster supply chains in Northeastern Brazil and rice production in Thailand’s Central Valley. The FAO has developed appraoches and tools to promote inclusive and efficient food systems by better integrating small-scale farmers into agribusiness. To achieve a better understanding of sustainable AFSCs, we launched this Special Issue to explore how to strengthen sustainable development of AFSCs through innovations, technologies, and decisions. This Special Issue welcomes contributions on the following themes (although this list is not exclusive):

  • Social, environmental, and economic innovations for achieving sustainable AFSCs;
  • The application of Industry 4.0 technologies (e.g., big data) for achieving sustainable AFSCs;
  • Integration decision-making processes into various stages of AFSCs to achieve sustainable AFSCs;
  • The role of knowledge management for achieving sustainable AFSCs;
  • The application of sensors, precision agriculture, and drones for reducing waste consumption;

Dr. Guoqing Zhao
Dr. Femi Olan
Dr. Haiyan Lu
Prof. Dr. Shaofeng Liu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • sustainable agri-food supply chains
  • innovations, advanced technologies
  • decision-making processes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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