Food Insecurity: Is Leagility a Potential Remedy?

Kowalska, Aleksandra, Lingham, Sophia, Maye, Damian and Manning, Louise (2023) Food Insecurity: Is Leagility a Potential Remedy? Foods, 12 (16). ISSN 2304-8158

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ukraine–Russian conflict, both significant geo-political and socio-economic shocks to the global food system and food insecurity has risen across the world. One potential remedy to reduce the level of food insecurity is to move from a lean just-in-time food system to one where there is more resilience through greater agility both in rou-tine supply operations and also in the event of an emergency situation. The aim of this critical perspectives paper was to firstly reflect on the concepts of lean, agility, and ‘leagility’. Then, this study considered the ability of individual organisations and the whole food system to be resilient, adaptive, enable the elimination of waste, reduce inefficiency, and assure the consistent delivery to market requirements in terms of both volume, safety, and quality. Promoting the concept of leagil-ity together with advocating resilient, sustainable practices that embed buffer and adaptive capac-ity, this paper positions that increasing digitalisation and improving business continuity planning can ensure effective operationalisation of supply chains under both normal and crisis situations, ultimately reducing the risk of food insecurity at personal, household, and community levels.

Keywords:lean, agile, leagility, food system, operationalisation, remedies, food insecurity
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D690 Food studies not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SCIENCE > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:55895
Deposited On:18 Sep 2023 15:21

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