Special Issue "3rd International Forum on Agri-Food Logistics Towards the Sustainability of Logistics in the Agri-Food Supply Chains"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Felix Arion
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Guest Editor
Department of Economic Sciences, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: value chain; agri-food supply chains; agribusiness; rural development; sustainable development; rural tourism; agricultural economy; cluster

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will include papers covering a wide range of aspects related to strategies for sustainable development in agri-food supply chains. Activity in this area is still rare and poses a challenge both for scientists and practitioners.

The processes occurring in the global economy necessitate the reorganization of logistical processes in an environmentally friendly way, for example, by reducing the number of journeys, planning shorter transport distances, having more direct shipping routes, improving packaging quality, having transparency in all processes "from farm to fork", as well as improving the use of existing resources. The aim of the forum is to present the results of scientific research and practical experience in the logistics of agri-food chains. We invite you to share your experiences in this area.

Papers presenting solutions in this field related to balancing agri-food supply chains (AFSCs), reducing losses and waste in the processes of food processing and distribution, maintaining high standards and food security, and addressing the problems of traceability and CSR and LSR concepts are especially welcome.

Papers selected for this issue may also address methodological development in assessing the sustainability development of agri-food logistics, including holistic methods and other modeling approaches.

Prof. Dr. Felix Arion
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • agri-food supply chains (AFSCs)
  • logistics processes
  • CO2 reduction
  • loss and waste of food
  • traceability
  • quality standards
  • food safety
  • CSR and LSR concepts for AFSCs

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Sustainability Reporting as a Mixture of CSR and Sustainable Development. A Model for Micro-Enterprises within the Romanian Forestry Sector
Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020603 - 14 Jan 2020
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In the last decades, the issue of the behavior geared towards society and the environment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has created a new niche for economic researches. Most studies point out that entities operating in the forestry sector, despite having difficulties [...] Read more.
In the last decades, the issue of the behavior geared towards society and the environment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has created a new niche for economic researches. Most studies point out that entities operating in the forestry sector, despite having difficulties in applying valid corporate social responsibility (CSR) instruments, are concerned about the role they play in society. Therefore, they tend to develop their business by giving importance to the principles of sustainable development. The aim of the paper was to propose an econometric model to report the sustainability of non-financial performance for the companies operating in the forestry field. The main objectives of the study focused on defining and analyzing the studied problem through the specialized literature, defining and conceptualizing the statistical model in order to identify the risk factors and vulnerability, influencing the forestry sector in Romania. In this context, based on a sample of 248 Romanian active companies in the forestry sector in four distinct sectors, we calculated a number of indicators specific to the forestry sector in order to identify the risks and vulnerabilities and analyze the entities associated with this sector. Our research led us to the conclusion that, as far as the forestry sector is concerned, the companies that operate in Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE) 240 and NACE 210 have registered superior results compared to the average in regards to the vulnerability of the sector, while those that operate in NACE 220 and NACE 230 focus mostly on those vulnerabilities regarding the risk zone of their sustainable development. The study could be useful both to stakeholders by giving them the possibility to identify those entities, classified according to the NACE code, taking into account the sector vulnerabilities and the risks associated with the profile market, as well as to the state that could influence through economic policies the sectors in which vulnerabilities are manifested. Full article
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Sustainable Energy Autarky and the Evolution of German Bioenergy Villages
Sustainability 2019, 11(18), 4996; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11184996 - 12 Sep 2019
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The concept of an autarky has a long history and meaning related to its negation and unpopularity. In liberal schools of economics, autarky is usually considered from the perspectives of economic trade protectionism, closed economies, and threats to welfare. Nevertheless, the concept of [...] Read more.
The concept of an autarky has a long history and meaning related to its negation and unpopularity. In liberal schools of economics, autarky is usually considered from the perspectives of economic trade protectionism, closed economies, and threats to welfare. Nevertheless, the concept of autarky has gained a new meaning, understood as the local utilization of renewable energy resources from the perspective of their inter- and intragenerational distribution. Local action is shaped by the global perspective. This research consists of three steps. First, a model of energy autarky has been offered based on the system theory. The model shows the variety of the structures and features of energy systems offered in today’s debates on energy autarky. Second, the key postulates of sustainable development have been presented to define an autarkical sustainable energy system. Finally, the concept of bioenergy villages in Germany has been presented to illustrate the approach to energy autarky. The research shows that the concept of autarky and single solutions, such as the use of renewable resources, are not themselves a success from the perspective of sustainable development; this misunderstanding is well illustrated by the evolution of the German concept of bioenergy villages into smart villages. Full article
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