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A systematic literature review on machine learning applications for sustainable agriculture supply chain performance

Sharma, Rohit; Kamble, Sachin S.; Gunasekaran, Angappa; Kumar, Vikas; Kumar, Anil


Rohit Sharma

Sachin S. Kamble

Angappa Gunasekaran

Anil Kumar


Agriculture plays an important role in sustaining all human activities. Major challenges such as overpopulation, competition for resources poses a threat to the food security of the planet. In order to tackle the ever-increasing complex problems in agricultural production systems, advancements in smart farming and precision agriculture offers important tools to address agricultural sustainability challenges. Data analytics hold the key to ensure future food security, food safety, and ecological sustainability. Disruptive information and communication technologies such as machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing, and blockchain can address several problems such as productivity and yield improvement, water conservation, ensuring soil and plant health, and enhance environmental stewardship. The current study presents a systematic review of machine learning (ML) applications in agricultural supply chains (ASCs). Ninety three research papers were reviewed based on the applications of different ML algorithms in different phases of the ASCs. The study highlights how ASCs can benefit from ML techniques and lead to ASC sustainability. Based on the study findings an ML applications framework for sustainable ASC is proposed. The framework identifies the role of ML algorithms in providing real-time analytic insights for pro-active data-driven decision-making in the ASCs and provides the researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with guidelines on the successful management of ASCs for improved agricultural productivity and sustainability.


Sharma, R., Kamble, S. S., Gunasekaran, A., Kumar, V., & Kumar, A. (2020). A systematic literature review on machine learning applications for sustainable agriculture supply chain performance. Computers and Operations Research, 119,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 17, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 24, 2020
Publication Date Jul 1, 2020
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 25, 2021
Journal Computers and Operations Research
Print ISSN 0305-0548
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 119
Article Number 104926
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