Value-Chain Wide Food Waste Management: A Systematic Literature Review

Guoqing Zhao, Shaofeng Liu, Huilan Chen, Carmen Lopez, Jorge Hernandez, Cécile Guyon, Rina Iannacone, Nicola Calabrese, Hervé Panetto, Janusz Kacprzyk, Mme Alemany

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The agriculture value chain, from farm to fork, has received enormous attention because of its key role in achieving United Nations Global Challenges Goals. Food waste occurs in many different forms and at all stages of the food value chain, it has become a worldwide issue that requires urgent actions. However, the management of food waste has been traditionally segmented and in an isolated manner. This paper reviews existing work that has been done on food waste management in literature by taking a holistic approach, in order to identify the causes of food waste, food waste prevention strategies, and elicit recommendations for future work. A five step systematic literature review has been adopted for a thorough examination of the existing research on the topic and new insights have been obtained. The findings suggest that the main sources of food waste include food overproduction and surplus, food waste caused by processing, logistical inconsistencies, and households. Main food waste prevention strategies have been revealed in this paper include policy solutions, packaging solutions, date-labelling solutions, logistics solutions, changing consumers’ behaviours, and reuse and redistribution solutions. Future research directions such as using value chain models to reduce food waste and forecasting food waste have been identified in this paper. This study makes a contribution to the extant literature in the field of food waste management by discovering main causes of food waste in the value chain and eliciting prevention strategies that can be used to reduce/eliminate relevant food waste.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecision Support Systems IX
Subtitle of host publicationMain Developments and Future Trends - 5th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology, EmC-ICDSST 2019, Proceedings
EditorsFatima Dargam, José Maria Moreno, Paulo Sérgio Abreu Freitas
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030188184
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology, EmC-ICDSST 2019 - Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 27 May 201929 May 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference5th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology, EmC-ICDSST 2019


  • Cause of waste
  • Food waste generation
  • Food waste prevention strategies
  • Systematic literature review


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