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(018) Sustainable Agri-food Supply Chain Management

This course aims to equip individuals and organizations with the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex challenges in the agriculture and food industry while promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

In today’s business environment, a key priority in corporate strategic design is for an organization to emerge as socially responsible and sustainable through environment protection with a focus on the maintenance of biodiversity and prevention of landscape damage. There is surmounting global pressure for corporate responsibility to transcend product quality and extend to areas of labor standards, health and safety, environmental sustainability, non-financial accounting and reporting, procurement, supplier relations, product lifecycles, and environmental practices. Learners who register for this course will gain insight into how to manage sustainable agri-food supply chains and augment the synergies among environmental protection, social fairness, and economic growth, exploring the unique attributes of sustainable agri-food supply chains (SAFSCs) that differentiate them from other supply chains.

Benefits of the Course:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of sustainable supply chain principles.
  • Learn how to reduce environmental impacts and promote ethical practices.
  • Improve the efficiency and resilience of agri-food supply chains.
  • Analyze the importance of ethics and transparency in supply chain management
  • Enhance career opportunities in sustainability and supply chain management.

Course Duration

The course duration is 3 days of 5 hours each per day.

Target Audience:

This course will benefit individuals working at every stage of global or local food systems, from the supplier to the consumer. Agricultural professionals, including commercial and small-scale farmers, ranch managers, agricultural engineers or technicians, and agronomists will gain practical tools for delivering nutritious, affordable, and sustainable food to all. Specifically, the target audience include Farmers, agricultural producers, food processors, supply chain managers, sustainability professionals, policymakers, and anyone interested in sustainable agri-food supply chain management.

Application of Supply Chain Management in Agri-food systems

  • Definition and scope of supply chain management
  • Background to Agro-food supply chain
  • Importance of sustainability in supply chain management

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Processing and Manufacturing

  • Sustainable farming methods
  • Organic farming and certifications
  • Precision agriculture and technology in farming
  • Food processing techniques and sustainability
  • Quality control and food safety
  • Lean manufacturing principles

Supply Chain Sustainability Metrics and Standards

  • Transportation and logistics in agri-food supply chains
  • Cold chain management
  • Sustainable packaging solutions
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) for sustainability
  • Certification standards (e.g., Fair Trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance)
  • Environmental impact assessment tools (e.g., Life Cycle Assessment)

Risk, Regulatory and Compliance Issues

  • Identifying and mitigating supply chain risks
  • Contingency planning
  • Resilience in the supply chain
  • Food safety regulations
  • Environmental regulations
  • Ethical and fair labor practices

Sustainability Reporting & Stakeholder Collaboration

  • Sustainability reporting frameworks (e.g., GRI, SASB)
  • Effective communication of sustainability efforts
  • Building consumer trust
  • Building sustainable partnerships
  • Engaging with farmers, suppliers, and consumers
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Case Studies and Best Practices

  • Real-world examples of sustainable agri-food supply chains
  • Lessons learned from successful initiatives
  • Participants work on practical projects related to improving supply chain sustainability.

Final Assessment and Certification

Participants may be required to complete a final assessment to receive a certificate of completion.

Delivery Method

The course can be delivered online.

Course Costing


Course Dates

22-24 April 2024;

27-29 August 2024;

09-11 December 2024

Course Registration

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Established in 2019, the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR) provides supply chain research, education, outreach, and networking solutions for a better Africa.





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