Optimization of farm management and work organization by use of operations planning, logistics and system engineering, while improving the operations efficiency, economics, health, ergonomics, and workers´ safety.
The mission of Section V is to optimize farm management and work organization by use of operations planning, logistics and system engineering, while improving the operations efficiency, economics, health, ergonomics, and workers’ safety
The mission of Section V is achieved and fulfilled by a number of objectives. These include:
The themes of Section V help to meet the increasing demand for both food and non-food agricultural products and related supply-chains. In order to increase competition, one challenging domain is that of increasing energy efficiency and higher operations productivity in agriculture. On the one hand (especially in technologically advanced countries or regions), information technology will improve efficiency in various ways: labour saving, labour easing, fuel saving and input saving in site-specific applications; the processes will hence be made more environmental friendly. On the other hand (especially in developing regions and for labour-intensive crops), reducing the workload without producing labour saving would result in higher rural unemployment. In this setting, expert knowledge, management skills and IT-based management support systems become critical success criterias.
One Challenging Theme that will play a key role in agriculture and in the food production in the future is agro-food supply chain. Important management challenges include the supply chain management and logistics involving the planning, implementation and control of the efficient and effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of customers. Important issues include traceability and food safety, optimized harvesting and transportation chains, manure and waste management, handling of IP products (non-GM vs. GM), and E-commerce in bio-production
Section V and CIOSTA organize a biennial international conference. The next conference will be held from 29 June - 1 July 2011 in Vienna, Austria and embracing the topics of
“Efficient and safe production processes in sustainable agriculture and forestry”