Food Insecurity: Is Leagility a Potential Remedy?

Kowalska, Aleksandra, Lingham, Sophia, Maye, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-4459-6630 and Manning, Louise (2023) Food Insecurity: Is Leagility a Potential Remedy? Foods, 12 (16). Art 3138. doi:10.3390/foods12163138

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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 routine 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 leagility together with advocating resilient, sustainable practices that embed buffer and adaptive capacity, 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.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean; Agile; Leagility; Food system; Operationalisation; Remedies; Food insecurity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anna Kerr
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2023 09:52
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2023 12:30

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