Evolution of research related to fruit and vegetable waste in agrifood supply chains: analysing past publications seeking to identify a path to future research

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Patricia Guarnieri
Raiane Costa Coimbra Aguiar
Karim Marini Thome


Population growth, coupled with a growing demand for food, and its consequent waste and economic, social, environmental, and nutritional impacts, has drawn attention to global discussions related to such issues. In this context, the objective of this research was to provide an overview of studies addressing food waste, in particular, fruits and vegetables. To achieve this purpose, a systematic literature review was carried out, covering papers published in international journals from 2007 to 2017, available in the Science Direct database. The results point out the best practices to avoid food waste, as mentioned in the literature considered.  In addition, this study gathered information regarding the main characteristics of publications, such as the evolution of the number of publications per year; main methods and techniques used in research, and which journals excel at covering the theme. This paper may be useful to researchers and practitioners interested in this topic since it systematizes the knowledge related to food waste in fruit and vegetable supply chains.


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Patricia Guarnieri, UnB - Universidade de Brasília FACE - Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade Departamento de Administração

Department of Administration

Raiane Costa Coimbra Aguiar, Universidade de Brasília - UnB

Agribusiness Department

Karim Marini Thome, Universidade de Brasília - UnB

Agribusiness Management Department; Post-Graduation Programme in Agribusiness


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