“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.
José Vicente Caixeta Filho is a Civil Engineer from the University of São Paulo (Brazil, 1984); got his Master´s in Economics from the University of New England (Australia, 1989); has become a Doctor in Engineering by University of São Paulo (Brazil, 1993); took Post-Doctoral Studies at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany, 1994) and at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (United States, 2017).
He is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the “Luiz de Queiroz” Agriculture School at University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he teaches courses in the fields of Applied Mathematics, Logistics and Operations Research. He was also the Dean of that School from 2011 to 2015. He is the founder and coordinator of ESALQ-LOG (Group of Research and Extension in Agroindustrial Logistics). His main areas of research are agroindustrial logistics (transportation and storage problems, mostly), through the development of applications of Operations Research (mathematical programming – linear, integer and non-linear; simulation; decision analysis), under the agricultural production and agricultural post-harvesting environments. He has received several prestigious awards during his career, including the “Franz Edelman Award” (“Honorable Mention” given in 2001 by INFORMS – Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) in the US and the prize “Life and Work” for “Transportation Infrastrucure”, given in 2016 by Bunge Foundation in Brazil.
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