ICT solutions to support local food supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Anuj Mittal Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Jason Grimm Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development
Keywords: Local Food, Farmers Market, COVID-19, Pandemic, Food Hub, Information and Communication Technology, ICT

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains operations across the globe. Due to health safety practices like social distancing, local food supply chains such as farmers markets and food hubs are unable to conduct normal operations. This paper describes two low-cost information and communica­tion technology (ICT) solutions developed for a farmers market and a food hub in Iowa to enable them to continue their operations during the pandemic while ensuring the safety of vulnerable consumers and essential workers. Other benefits of ICT for the long-term sustainability of local food systems are also discussed.

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Author Biographies

Anuj Mittal, Dunwoody College of Technology

Senior Instructor

Jason Grimm, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development

Deputy Director

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Published
2020-11-10
How to Cite
Mittal, A., & Grimm, J. (2020). ICT solutions to support local food supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.015
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System