A systematic literature review of the agro-food supply chain: Challenges, network design, and performance measurement perspectives

Vinay Surendra Yadav, A. R. Singh, Angappa Gunasekaran, Rakesh D. Raut, Balkrishna E. Narkhede

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The present agriculture food supply chain (AFSC) faces numerous challenges about the growing demand for food items and consumer preference regarding food safety. In addition to growing concerns about sustainability, stringent government regulation, food security, and traceability issues force the managers, industries, and practitioners working in AFSC to adopt new tools, techniques, and methodology to model current food supply chain issues and correspondingly design the food logistics network. To this effect, the purpose of this article is threefold: the first focus is to identify the various challenges in AFSC, second is to review the research contribution in the field of designing agro-food supply chain network (AFSCN), while the third aspect is to investigate performance measurement system of AFSC through various performance indicators. For this, 108 articles are reviewed, and the main research findings are discussed in different aspects. Technology adoption and integration in design AFSCN are exciting prospects for future AFSC research. In addition, the digital transformation of AFSC is gaining wide acceptance across all agro-stakeholders and practitioners. Similarly, other research trends are further emphasized, and possible future challenges are also identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-704
Number of pages20
JournalSustainable Production and Consumption
StatePublished - Jan 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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