The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food Security

Food security is a complex issue that encompasses a wide range of challenges, including climate change, population growth, and economic inequality (Islam & Kieu, 2020). To address these challenges, we need innovative solutions that can support the resilience and sustainability of our food supply chains (Trollman et al., 2023; Marusak et al., 2021; Sarkis, 2020). Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents a promising new avenue to tackle these challenges by harnessing data and analytics to optimize production, distribution, and consumption of food resources (Javaid et al., 2023).

The goal of this special issue is to explore the potential of AI to support food security in a range of contexts. We will consider the role of AI in managing inequalities within food supply chains, ensuring consumer health and nutrition, reducing food waste, and improving food safety and quality. We will also examine the ethical considerations of using AI in food supply chains, the need for regulations to protect consumer rights, and how AI can be harnessed to support food security during times of change, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, COVID-19 pandemic, etc. (Jagtap et al., 2022; Trollman et al., 2021).

The articles in this special issue will present cutting-edge research and innovative ideas on the use of AI to address food security challenges. We welcome contributions from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including computer science, engineering, economics, agriculture, and health. Our aim is to foster a vibrant interdisciplinary dialogue that will advance our understanding of the role of AI in food security and help us to develop more effective solutions to this critical global challenge.

1) Trollman, H., Jagtap, S. and Trollman, F., 2023. Crowdsourcing food security: introducing food choice derivatives for sustainability. Food Security,

2) Islam, M.S. and Kieu, E., 2020. Tackling regional climate change impacts and food security issues: A critical analysis across ASEAN, PIF, and SAARC. Sustainability, 12(3), p.883.

3) Jagtap, S., Trollman, H., Trollman, F., Garcia-Garcia, G., Parra-López, C., Duong, L., Martindale, W., Munekata, P.E., Lorenzo, J.M., Hdaifeh, A. and Hassoun, A., 2022. The Russia-Ukraine conflict: Its implications for the global food supply chains. Foods, 11(14), p.2098.

4) Javaid, M., Haleem, A., Khan, I.H. and Suman, R., 2023. Understanding the potential applications of Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture Sector. Advanced Agrochem, 2(1), pp.15-30.

5) Marusak, A., Sadeghiamirshahidi, N., Krejci, C.C., Mittal, A., Beckwith, S., Cantu, J., Morris, M. and Grimm, J., 2021. Resilient regional food supply chains and rethinking the way forward: Key takeaways from the COVID-19 pandemic. Agricultural Systems, 190, p.103101.

6) Sarkis, J., 2020. Supply chain sustainability: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 41(1), pp.63-73.

7) Trollman, H., Jagtap, S., Garcia-Garcia, G., Harastani, R., Colwill, J. and Trollman, F., 2021. COVID-19 demand-induced scarcity effects on nutrition and environment: Investigating mitigation strategies for eggs and wheat flour in the United Kingdom. Sustainable production and consumption, 27, pp.1255-1272.


  • Hana Trollman

    Dr. Hana Trollman, University of Leicester School of Business, UK.

    She previously worked as a Lecturer in Food Industry Management at the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. Hana participated in the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food, and H2020 Activating Circular Services in the Electric and Electronic Sector. Hana’s research interests include corporate social responsibility and ecological embeddedness of food systems, particularly in the context of digital transformation.

  • Elliot Woolley

    Dr. Elliot Woolley, highly accomplished Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Engineering, Loughborough University, UK.

    He has made significant contributions to the field of sustainable engineering with his research focused on several areas of the food industry. Dr Woolley's research interests include the use of ultraviolet fluorescence of proteins for the detection of fouling within the food industry, improving models for industrial food waste management, and developing food provision models for the reduction of consumer food waste.

  • Sandeep Jagtap

    Dr. Sandeep Jagtap, Lecturer in Smart and Green manufacturing at the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, UK.

    He previously worked as a Lecturer in Food and Drink Supply Chain Management at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln. He has over 15 years of combined experience within academics and industry.

    Dr Jagtap holds a PhD in Sustainable Food Supply Chain Management from Loughborough University, UK, which was sponsored by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food.


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