“Food Supply chain Management sustainability: A Review”

Anil Kumar, Dr. G.S. Kushwaha


The National Food Security Bill 2013 which was passed by way of an Ordinance in the parliament is no small feat undertaken by the Government of India. This bill promises subsidized food grains to nearly 68% of India’s 1.2 Billion populations at a cost of nearly USD 4 Billion. The bill aims to provide quality food grains and nutritional security, to under privileged children, women and poorer sections of the society, at affordable prices. Indeed a very noble and ambitious plan but lots of supply chain issues will have to be addressed on a war footing by the government.

The need to improve food quality and reduce food waste leads to increased attention for the development of Food Supply Chain Management, which considers natural characteristics of food supply chains besides traditional supply chain management objectives such as cost and responsiveness. Growing consciousness of society towards sustainable development brings additional objectives to the food supply chains and the fast evolution of sustainable development results in the development of a new fast-growing concept: Sustainability in Food Supply Chain Management. In response to these developments, researchers have developed various decision support tools that can be used for handling progressively increasing complexity along the alteration process from supply chain management to food supply chain management and now to sustainable food supply chain management. This study, reviewed literature on food supply chain management to identify supply chain key issues and relevant quantitative modelling challenges. The reviewed papers show that obtaining sustainability together with considering natural characteristics of food supply chains, there is a gap between the needs of the practice and the current available methods. This study also presented improvement opportunities for future research by revealing the above missing points.


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