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2nd International Forum on Agri-Food Logistics: Logistics Facing Challenges of Food Security and Environmental Protection

FAO reports that feeding of the growing population will be soon one of the major problems of humanity in the coming decades. However, this does not only concern the quantity.

The increasing environmental, social and ethical problems, as well as public awareness of the impact of food production and consumption on the environment, leads to increase pressure of consumer organizations, environmental advocacy groups, policy-makers, and several consumer groups on agri-food companies to introduce systemic solutions throughout the food supply chain ("from farm to fork"). They aim to be safe for the society and be environment friendly. Hence, such supply chains become a particular challenge for logistics.

Taking this into account, nowadays the issues of food safety should not only be limited to the sphere of the production at the farm level. Thus the safety food flow throughout the supply chain should be ensured for the consumer.

Therefore we need the appropriate means of transportation, storage, both safe and ecological packaging, efficient information systems in terms of flow and processing to ensure ongoing monitoring, as well as legal solutions in these aspects. In addition, the functioning of all these elements must meet the requirements for maintaining a safe environment.

Therefore, nowadays the creation of efficient and environmentally friendly logistics systems which guarantee the delivery of safe food products for consumers become the objective of logistics management. The realization of these objectives allow the effective implementation of LSR and CSR concepts into enterprises.

Such solutions are becoming key factors of success for manufacturers, logistics companies and retailers operating in the food supply chain.


  1. Food losses and waste in the agri-food sector
  2. Traceability in the food supply chains
  3. Sustainable food supply chains
  4. Engineering for food security
  5. Problems, challenges and trends in food supply chains

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 February 2017 (call for papers)

Date of the event: 22-23 June 2017

Venue: Poznan, Poland

More information:  

This event is organised by the Poznan University of Life Sciences (Uniwesytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu)

[Boletín UN Investiga 324, 24 de noviembre de 2016]

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