Supply chain resource sustainability

Analysis and modelling of agri-food systems

Theme leader: Professor Lenny Koh

05-supplyResearch within this theme will advance integration at the food, energy (carbon) and environment (ecological including water and soil) nexus via a powerful novel approach known as supply chain resource sustainability.

Resource is broadly defined and it includes everything that adds value to the supply chain, including land, water, crops, food, energy (carbon), materials, data, people, infrastructure, assets, talents, and finance. All of these resources have a supply chain that can be conceptualized and quantified as a network that connects the end to end process. For the food supply chain this is the network of resource supply chains that link activities from agri-farm to fork across the entire food supply chain. Sustainability in this context is broadly defined and it covers ecological (environment), economic and social performance.

Building from the food ecosystem framework, the critical hotspots and trilema in this nexus will be illuminated through our assessment tools and techniques (i.e. SCEnAT) which will be adapted and further developed to consider advanced and futuristic ecological, social, technological and financial measures to achieve global food security. Theoretical development of the supply chain resource sustainability will build from previous work of the Natural Resource Based View in greening a supply chain and Natural Capital concepts for ecosystems. The monetisation and other methods of supply chain resource sustainability measurement will be delivered with input from economists, financiers/bankers, modellers and policy makers.