“Brazilian Agro-Logistics: Challenges and Opportunities for the Reduction of Physical Losses”
Several international studies indicate that global food production will need to increase about 70% to be able to feed the population by 2050. Facing limited natural resources such as arable land, water, energy and raw materials, there may be a number of difficulties for food production to attend this demand. In this scenario, the increase in agricultural productivity has been a continuous search to respond to the growing demand for food and to ensure food security of society. In Brazil, high productivity levels achieved in recent decades show the success and the active role of the production side, becoming an extremely competitive and important country on the world. On the other side, this competitiveness is being lost along the various stages of post-harvest, mainly due to logistical bottlenecks. In this context, this presentation aims at bringing the information related to post-harvest losses – particularly for the transportation from the grain farmers – for the development of the agricultural sector in Brazilian São Paulo State, with indicators of post-harvest losses and mitigation strategies to the reality of the North American agriculture (focusing the State of Illinois), in order to implement comparable indicators and benchmarking for the Brazilian situation.