Optimising the product distribution decisions for government feeding programs in developing countries

Athanasios Rentizelas, Maico Roris Severino, Helio Fuchigami, Andrea Tuni, Isotilia Costa Melo

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Abstract

Institutional markets have evolved as one alternative way for smallholder farmers to access the market and supply their produce at a known in advance price and quantity. This helps planning agricultural operations and provides security of income, which is critical for the farmer livelihoods. One such example is the PNAE government feeding program in Brazil, where schools source raw materials and ingredients from local smallholder farmers for school meals. This work presents a Decision Support System (DSS) supporting farmers decisions on which schools to supply, with which products and how to organise the logistical activities, to maximise the net income from participation in these markets. The DSS is applied after the farmers have knowledge which bids they have been successful in, and therefore they have clarity on the potential supply areas. The decisions at this stage can be quite complex, with several factors to be considered simultaneously, such as product range, quantities and price for each school that a bid was won, distance and logistical costs, and logistical synergies when delivered quantities in the same area are larger. At the same time there are constraints such as the land, transportation and resource availability. The proposed DSS is novel in supporting smallholder farmer decisions on supplying institutional markets. The results of the DSS application for a specific smallholder farmer settlement in Brazil are presented and discussed, to assess its applicability.

Conference

Conference30th European Conference on Operational Research
Abbreviated titleEURO
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period23/06/1926/06/19
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Decision support systems
Developing countries
Smallholder farmers
Government
Farmers
Bid
Brazil
Livelihoods
Resources
Income
Synergy
Factors
Net income
Raw materials
Costs
Planning
Participation

Keywords

  • developing countries
  • Decision Support System
  • livelihood
  • smallholder farmers

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Rentizelas, A., Severino, M. R., Fuchigami, H., Tuni, A., & Costa Melo, I. (2019). Optimising the product distribution decisions for government feeding programs in developing countries. Abstract from 30th European Conference on Operational Research, Dublin, Ireland.
Rentizelas, Athanasios ; Severino, Maico Roris ; Fuchigami, Helio ; Tuni, Andrea ; Costa Melo, Isotilia. / Optimising the product distribution decisions for government feeding programs in developing countries. Abstract from 30th European Conference on Operational Research, Dublin, Ireland.1 p.
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Optimising the product distribution decisions for government feeding programs in developing countries. / Rentizelas, Athanasios; Severino, Maico Roris; Fuchigami, Helio; Tuni, Andrea; Costa Melo, Isotilia.

2019. Abstract from 30th European Conference on Operational Research, Dublin, Ireland.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

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